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Eating Out and Norwegian ‘dirty realism’

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At the 1997 Cannes Festival’s Semaine de la critique, Pål Sletaune’s Junk Mail/Budbringeren (1997) attracted international attention and was seen as the harbinger of a new and exciting phase in Norwegian cinema. In this article, Sletaune’s short film Eating Out is placed in context and discussed as a thematic and stylistic forerunner to his acclaimed feature film.

Keywords: 1990s; Norwegian cinema; Pål Sletaune; dirty realism; irony; short film

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim

Publication date: October 1, 2013

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