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Oskars Amerika

Oskar’s America

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‘I want to go to America with you and Horsie. Because you’re the only one who tells the truth.’

With its moving tale of extraordinary friendship against the backdrop of a broken family, Torfinn Iversen's debut feature film sees a return to some of the themes and characters from his short film Levis Hest (Generation 14plus, 2012). Oskar's dream of spending the holidays with his mother on horseback on the prairie collides with dreary reality as she drops him off with his cantankerous grandfather for the summer. She must go to America alone at first, to find a job. Levi, a social outcast who talks with his pony, becomes Oskar's only friend. When Levi has to go to a care home and Oskar's mother does not return, the two of them hatch a plan: using Levi's great-grandfather's boat, they will row across the Atlantic to America.

Torfinn Iversen

Norway / Sweden 2017


79’ · Colour

recommendation: 9 years and up


Odin Eikre (Oskar)
Jørgen Sandvik Langhelle (Levi)
Bjørn Sundquist (Helmer)
Marie Blokhus (Isabell)
Cilvocast Liana (Horsie)
Betlehem Michael Patrick (Thea)
Simen Roaldsen (Tom)
Jørgen Jegervatn Folkestad (Rune)
Marcus Kruse (Isak)


Written and Directed by
Torfinn Iversen
Odd Reinhardt Nicolaysen
Arlid Tryggestad
Ola Fløttum
Sound Design
Rune Hansen
Øivind Planting
Production Design
Emma Skoog
Nina Erdahl
Linn Hestdahl
Celine Engebrigtsen
Assistant Director
Eili Bråstad Johannessen
Line Producer
Erik M. Disch
Production Manager
Emma Karlsson
Mona Steffensen
Andreas Emanuelsson
BOB Film, Stockholm
Kulturnæringsstiftelsen SpareBank 1 Nord-Norge, Tromsø
Filmfond Nord AS, Bodø
FilmCamp AS, Målselv
Filmpool Nord AB, Luleå


Torfinn Iversen

Born in Sortland, Norway in 1985, he studied film and television at Lillehammer University College and spent a semester at Hawaii Pacific University. He went on to study at the Nordland Kunst- og Filmfagskole, graduating in 2009. His short films have screened at numerous festivals. In 2009 he was a participant in Berlinale Talents; his short Levis hest (Levi’s Horse) screened in the Generation section in 2012. His debut feature film Oskars Amerika was developed with a Eurimages Co-Production Development Award.

Filmography (selection)

2011 Konsert for Maria; short film · Levis hest; short film 2013 Det usagte; short film 2014 Comme des enfants; short film 2015 Blikkstille; short film 2017 Oskars Amerika (Oskars America)

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2017

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