The Norwegian film, Thelma, has just released a United States trailer. The film follows a young woman, Thelma (Eili Harboe) who has just left her small town and religious family to attend college in the city of Oslo. While in the library studying, she experiences a violent seizure. As the semester continues, her seizures become more frequent. She soon realizes that these episodes give her special abilities. Large objects like chandeliers begin to move and quake whenever she experiences a seizure. While struggling with these strange seizures and paranormal abilities, Thelma also must deal with the feelings she has for another student, Anja (Okay Kaya). The trailer leaves the audience wondering if Thelma will be able to deal with her romantic feelings, issues from her past and her new powers.
Thelma is directed by Joachim Trier who also wrote the script with Eskil Vogt. The pair wrote the critically acclaimed film, Louder Than Bombs (2015) which starred Jesse Eisenberg. Their newest movie, Thelma has a similar dramatic feel to their earlier works but this film moves into the paranormal territory. Horror fans can feel elements of Carrie (1976) in this film’s trailer. Both films are coming of age stories that involve telekinetic abilities and themes of religion and repressed sexuality.
Trier and Vogt are sure to bring freshness to those themes with a modern setting and a unique screenplay. Eili Harboe is a Norwegian actress with Norwegian films The Orheim Company (2012) and The Wave (2015) to her credit. Model and musician, Okay Kaya will be making her acting debut by playing Thelma’s love interest. Movie goers and critics have already given this film positive reviews since its August release date in Norway. Horror and thriller movie fans in the United States should keep this foreign film on their radar for its November release.
The film is performed in Norwegian with English subtitles.
Thelma is having its International Premiere at TIFF and will be released in the United States on November 10, 2017.