Norwegian-Kurdish Director Brwa Vahabpour's Debut Film "Europe" Takes Center Stage in Post-Production
In a groundbreaking move, acclaimed Norwegian-Kurdish director Brwa Vahabpour is set to make his mark with his debut feature film, "Europe." The dramedy, currently in post-production, promises a unique narrative that delves into the life of young Akam in Norway and takes an unexpected turn with the arrival of his uncle from Kurdistan.
Vahabpour, known for his work on the series "Countrymen" and a Special Mention at the 2018 Nordic Talents for his short film "Silence," collaborates with Danish script consultant Molly Steensgard and Romania's Răzvan Radulescu to bring this captivating story to the screen.
The film explores Akam's carefree life in Norway disrupted by his uncle's surprise visit, sparking an ethical dilemma. As family dynamics collide with the Norwegian authorities' influence, Akam faces a pivotal moment that will define his future.
While touching upon a broader political context, Vahabpour emphasizes that "Europe" primarily focuses on the intricate relationships between the characters, highlighting how Akam is profoundly affected by his uncle's unexpected stay.
The main cast features talented actors Peiman Azizpour as Adam, Hamza Agoshi in the role of Adam's uncle, and Sarah Francesca Brænne. The film boasts a skilled technical crew, including Director of Photography Jørgen Klüver, Production Designer Kristian Lahn Vestby, and Editors Cătălin Cristuțiu and Brynjar Lien Aune.
Produced by Renée Hansen Mlodyszewski for True Content Production Norway, "Europe" is a collaborative effort with co-producer Anda Ionescu of Tangaj Production in Romania. The project receives co-financing from NRK, the Norwegian Film Institute, Oslo Filmfond, Filmreaktor, Talent Norge’s Filmskapere scheme, Fond for lyd og bilde, Fritt Ord, and the Nordisk Film & TV Fond, among others.
Anticipation surrounds the film's domestic release, slated for autumn 2024, with Norsk Filmdistribusjon at the helm. "Europe" promises to be a cinematic journey that transcends borders, blending cultural nuances with the universal theme of family and ethical dilemmas. Stay tuned for this cinematic gem that is poised to captivate audiences worldwide.