The upcoming thriller “Thelma” is set to make its big debut at the Toronto International Film Festival this year, but you can get an early look at the film thanks to a movie trailer released earlier today.
The supernatural thriller comes from director Joachim Trier (Louder Than Bombs, Reprise), and The Orchard will open the film in theaters starting on November 10, 2017. It was also confirmed that “Thelma” will be Norway’s official Oscar entry for Best Foreign Language Film at this year’s event. Following its TIFF premiere, the film will be shown at Fantastic Fest and New York Film Festival.
In the film Thelma is a shy young student, who recently left her religious family in a small town on the west coast of Norway to study at a university in Oslo. While at the library one day, she experiences a violent, unexpected seizure. Soon after, she finds herself intensely drawn toward Anja, a beautiful young student who reciprocates Thelma’s powerful attraction. As the semester continues, Thelma becomes increasingly overwhelmed by her intense feelings for Anja, while at the same time experiencing even more extreme seizures. As it becomes clearer that the seizures are a symptom of inexplicable, often dangerous, supernatural abilities, Thelma is confronted with tragic secrets of her past, and the terrifying implications of her powers.
“Thelma” was written by Joachim Trier and Eskil Vogt, and stars Eili Harboe, Okay Kaya, Henrik Rafaelsen, and Ellen Dorrit Petersen. The film will most likely see a limited-release on opening weekend, and will debut against the comedy “Daddy’s Home 2,” and the thriller “Murder on the Orient Express”. The other limited-releases opening that weekend are the drama “In Between,” and the A24 comedy-drama “Lady Bird” starring Saoirse Ronan, Odeya Rush, Danielle Macdonald, which was written and directed by Greta Gerwig.
The Toronto International Film Festival takes place from September 7th through September 17th this year.