Here Is Harold (Her er Harold)


Rafael 1 Sun, Oct 11, 2015 1:00 PM
Sequoia 2 Tue, Oct 13, 2015 8:30 PM
Rafael 1 Thu, Oct 15, 2015 12:15 PM
Film Info
Section:World Cinema
Running Time:95 min
Premiere Status:US
Director:Gunnar Vikene
Producer:Maria Ekerhovd
Screenwriter:Gunnar Vikene
Cinematographer:Simon Pramsten
Editor:Frida Eggum Michaelsen
Cast:Bjørn Sundquist
Bjørn Granath
Grethe Selius
Print Source:Norwegian Film Institute
Note Writer:Michael Fox


Adapted from a story by journalist and author Frode Grytten, Norway’s witty chronicler of the national inclination to morose persistence, Here Is Harold conceives of revenge as a dish best served cold, cold, cold. The titular character has lived a long, dignified, and satisfying life as a proud craftsman and dealer of high-quality furniture, until the erection of a mammoth new IKEA store across the road puts the screws and hammer to his business. So begins a Christmastime losing streak that strips Harold of all his dreams but one: Go to snowbound Sweden, kidnap IKEA founder Ingvar Kamprad, and force him to apologize to the world for substandard craftsmanship. Screenwriter and director Gunnar Vikene has fashioned a touching and delightful saga (with echoes of MVFF 2014's The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window....) constructed on the principle that “built to last” applies to furniture and families alike.

Additional Information

Gunnar Vikene was born in 1966. He has made documentaries, short films, music videos and over 100 commercials since 1993 and has won several awards at both Norwegian and international festivals for his work. He directed his first feature film, Falling Sky (Himmelfall), in 2002, followed by the family film Trigger (2006), which was selected for the Berlin International Film Festival. In 2009 he wrote and directed Vegas, which won best film awards at the Sarajevo Film Festival, Tallinn Black Night Film Festival, CPH:PIX and BUFF International Children and Young People’s Film Festival. Vegas was also nominated for eight Amanda Prizes (Norwegian Oscar) in 2010 and took home the prize for the best script.