The Late Show
Norway, 2010, 103 min
Student journalists making a documentary on bear poaching in the Norwegian countryside stumble upon a secret war between government operatives and stony giants. Thrust into danger and intrigue, the students suddenly need to bone up on troll defense. All of us know the rules of zombie and vampire combat, but how is it again that trolls operate? Equal parts The Blair Witch Project and Jurassic Park, this film features raw “documentary” footage and a healthy dose of CGI magic in a romp through troll lore. The integration of the massive menaces into seemingly amateur video is exhilarating and hilarious, as gargantuan trolls of many varieties blend into the landscape and sniff out Christians. Once the students realize the extent of the danger posed by the creatures, they set out to document the daily tasks of a troll hunter, in this case a disgruntled government employee fed up with a government bureaucracy that wants him to fill out troll death certificates after an arduous day of hunting. While documenting his activities, the students become embroiled in efforts to seek out and vanquish ever more dangerous and odd beasts, soon dropping their embedded journalist status and becoming troll hunters themselves. Icy adventures in caves, mountains and plains await the avid crew.
Special support for this program generously provided by the Royal Norwegian Consulate General, San Francisco.