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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2015: #3. Joachim Trier’s Louder Than Bombs

Louder Than Bombs

Director: Joachim Trier // Writers: Joachim Trier, Eskil Vogt

With only two features under his belt, Norwegian director Joachim Trier remains at the forefront of notable upcoming directors, his 2006 debut Reprise snagging him Best Director at its Karlovy Vary premiere, beginning a notable festival circuit tour before snagging US distribution. In 2011, Trier reunited with screenwriter Eskil Vogt for an adaptation of Pierre Drieu La Rochelle’s novel Le feu follet, relocated to Norway and titled Oslo, August 31st, which also starred lead Anders Danielson Lie (check out our video interview with the filmmaker). Trier’s latest, Louder Than Bombs, is an international coproduction and his English language debut, a project announcing its leads Isabelle Huppert, Jesse Eisenberg and Gabriel Byrne back in 2013 when filming was supposed to take place in New York that fall. Initially unable to secure complete funding, the project was temporarily shelved, but would thankfully go on to film nearly a year later (meanwhile, screenwriter Eskil Vogt enjoyed his own festival tour with his acclaimed directorial debut, Blind, which premiered at Sundance 2014 and picked up a Screenwriting award). The film tells the story of a famous war photographer (Huppert) who is killed in a car accident, leaving behind her husband (Byrne) and two sons, one a teenager. Three years after her death, the eldest son (Eisenberg) comes home for an exhibition of her photography, and that is when they discover an unsettling secret from her past. It’s difficult to imagine a more exciting cast for Trier’s debut, notably one of Huppert’s trio of exciting 2015 titles and headlining Eisenberg and Gabriel Byrne (recently starring in Costa-Gavras’ Capital, as well as alongside Charlotte Rampling in I, Anna and Emmanuelle Devos in Just a Sigh).

Cast: Isabelle Huppert, Jesse Eisenberg, Gabriel Byrne, Amy Ryan, David Strathairn

Production Co.: Bona Fide Productions, Memento Films Productions, Motlys, arte France Cinema.

U.S. Distributor: Rights available.

Release Date: After the critical success of Reprise, Trier’s Oslo was invited to Un Certain Regard. We’re assuming he’ll either be invited back or get a Main Competition slot with the narrative and/or cast pedigree.


Los Angeles based Nicholas Bell is's Chief Film Critic and covers film festivals such as Sundance, Berlin, Cannes and TIFF. He is part of the critic groups on Rotten Tomatoes, The Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA), FIPRESCI, the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS) and GALECA. His top 3 for 2023: The Beast (Bonello) Poor Things (Lanthimos), Master Gardener (Schrader). He was a jury member at the 2019 Cleveland International Film Festival.


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