Aberdeen director visits Granite City

Aberdeen director visits Granite City

A leading light of the European film world will appear in Aberdeen tonight as part of the new season of talks in the University of Aberdeen’s Director’s Cut series.

Previous events saw the great film director Nicolas Roeg and Sir David Attenborough attract hundreds of fans to King's College campus.

Now the second season of the Director's Cut will get underway on Tuesday, October 14 at 6pm with the appearance of Hans Petter Moland, described by British film historian Peter Cowie as the Ridley Scott of Norway.

Moland has won numerous awards for his six feature films, including the stunning road movie, Aberdeen (2000), featuring Charlotte Rampling and Stellan Skarsgard, the Swedish star of the hit movie, Mamma Mia (2008).

The film sees Rampling play a terminally ill woman whose Scottish lawyer daughter tries to grant her dying wish by going to Norway to bring her estranged alcoholic father (Skarsgard), a former oil worker, back to the Granite City. Skarsgard and Moland previously worked together on the latter's Arctic adventure film, Zero Kelvin (1995).

The first three Director's Cut events of the new season also include the BAFTA-award winning Pawel Pawlikowski on November 18 and documentary maker Jane Treays – who recently directed The Virgin Daughters on Channel 4 – on December 9. 

An additional line-up of well-known directors and actors will be announced in the New Year to compliment the opening talks.

Dr Alan Marcus, Head of Film and Visual Culture, University of Aberdeen said: "Hans Petter Moland is an outstanding filmmaker and has produced some absolutely mesmerising work in the course of his career.

"Chief among his achievements is, of course, Aberdeenand so we're particularly delighted that he chose to accept our invite to visit the Granite City. It is a tremendous start to the new season and, with Pawel Pawlikowski and Jane Treays to come, we are thoroughly looking forward to welcoming back the North-east's film fans to King's College."

The first three events take place in King's College Conference Centre, King's College, Old Aberdeen, and are followed by a drinks reception hosted by Scottish Screen. Admission is free.

To book your place visit www.abdn.ac.uk/directorscut, where previous events, including Sir David Attenborough's, can also be watched again.

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