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Norway | 2016 | 96 minutes | Erik Skjoldbjærg

Norwegian director Erik Skjoldbjærg (Insomnia) returns with a slow-burn psychological thriller based on the true story of a fire chief’s son of who terrorizes his rural community with a series of increasingly dangerous fires over the course of a long, hot summer.

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Set in a coastal town in Norway in 1978, and based on actual events, Pyromaniac introduces us to a small tight-knit community where everyone knows your name and no one has any secrets. After a year in the military, 19-year-old Dag returns to his parents' house and joins his father, the local fire chief, volunteering for the fire brigade. However, this summer isn't as laid-back as everyone expects, as a series of seemingly random arson incidents create a sense of unease that spreads throughout the town. What starts as burnt-down shacks and empty barns soon threatens local businesses and family homes, and the mystery erupts into a full-blown panic. Family ties are severed and relationships crumble as the search for the culprit accelerates, but no one could suspect the handsome, young war-hero son of the fire chief, could they? From the director of Insomnia (1997) and Prozac Nation comes a menacing, slow-burning (pun intended) psycho-thriller that will make you cautious of campfires and suddenly suspicious of your next-door neighbor.

Director Biography

Erik Skjoldbjærg (born 1964) is a Norwegian director and writer. He graduated from the National Film and Television School in London in 1997 and made his feature film debut with Insomnia in 1997, which he also co-wrote. The film attracted substantial international attention and was selected for the "Semaine de la Critique" at the Cannes Film Festival in 1997. The film was remade in 2002, with Christopher Nolan directing. Erik made his international debut with the drama Prozac Nation in 2001, and has since directed several feature films and TV-dramas with both national and international success.

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  • Original Language Title: Pyromanen
  • Director: Erik Skjoldbjærg
  • Principal Cast: Trond Hjort Nilssen, Per Frisch, Liv Bernhoft Osa, Henrik Rafaelsen, Agnes Kittelsen, Gerdi Schjelderup
  • Premiere Status: Seattle
  • Country: Norway
  • Year: 2016
  • Running Time: 96 minutes
  • Producer: Erik Skjoldbjærg
  • Screenplay: Bjørn Olaf Johannessen
  • Cinematographers: Gösta Reiland
  • Editors: Sverrir Kristjánsson
  • Music: Gaute Tønder
  • Filmography: Pioneer (2013); Nokas (2010); An Enemy of The People (2005); Prozac Nation (2001)
  • Language: Norwegian
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • US Distributor: Norwegian Film Institute
  • International Sales: TrustNordisk