Joachim Trier

Joachim Trier (born 1974) is a Norwegian film director raised in Oslo, Norway. His father Jacob Trier was the sound technician of Pinchcliffe Grand Prix, a notable film produced in Norway. He is a distant relative to Danish director Lars von Trier. As a teenager, he was a top skateboarder who began shooting and producing his own skateboarding videos. His passion for film making furthered in his early twenties and this ultimately led to his studies at the European Film College in Ebeltoft from 1995 to 1996 and at the UK's National Film & Television School. In an interview with phase9 TV, Trier expressed that his future projects would pertain mainly to his personal interests. His films focus primarily on memory and identity, which he regards as essential themes for cinema. His debut film Reprise follows the story of two aspiring writers and their volatile relationship. Released by Miramax films in 2006, it received several national awards, including theAmanda Award and the Aamot Statuette, as well as international recognition, with prizes at film festivals in Toronto, Istanbul, Rotterdam, Milano and Karlovy Vary, and led him to be named one of Variety's "10 Directors to Watch" in 2007. His 2011 film Oslo, August 31st premiered in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. Regarded as an adaptation of Louis Malle's The Fire Within, the film's original plot is shifted from the location of Paris to Oslo. The film received critical acclaim and was ...

Procter (2002)

A businessman goes home during the working day to change his trousers having spilled coffee on himself. When he arrives in the underground garage below his apartment block he finds a car on fire with a dead man inside. He also finds himself being filmed. He takes ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joachim Trier
CAST:  Maggie Holland  •  Zoe Thorne  •  Ray Eves  •  Michael Hucks

A businessman goes home during the working day to change his trousers having spilled coffee on himself. When he arrives in the underground garage below his apartment block he finds a car on fire with a dead man inside. He also finds himself being filmed. He takes ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joachim Trier
CAST:  Maggie Holland  •  Zoe Thorne  •  Ray Eves  •  Michael Hucks

Oslo, August 31st (2011)

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One day in the life of Anders, a young recovering drug addict, who takes a brief leave from his treatment center to interview for a job and catch up with old friends in Oslo.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joachim Trier
CAST:  Anders Danielsen Lie  •  Hans Olav Brenner  •  Ingrid Olava  •  Tone Beate Mostraum

One day in the life of Anders, a young recovering drug addict, who takes a brief leave from his treatment center to interview for a job and catch up with old friends in Oslo.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joachim Trier
CAST:  Anders Danielsen Lie  •  Hans Olav Brenner  •  Ingrid Olava  •  Tone Beate Mostraum

Reprise (2006)

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Two competitive friends, fueled by literary aspirations and youthful exuberance, endure the pangs of love, depression and burgeoning careers.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joachim Trier
CAST:  Anders Danielsen Lie  •  Espen Klouman Høiner  •  Viktoria Winge  •  Christian Rubeck

Two competitive friends, fueled by literary aspirations and youthful exuberance, endure the pangs of love, depression and burgeoning careers.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joachim Trier
CAST:  Anders Danielsen Lie  •  Espen Klouman Høiner  •  Viktoria Winge  •  Christian Rubeck

Louder Than Bombs (2015)

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Three years after his wife, acclaimed photographer Isabelle Reed, dies in a car crash, Gene keeps everyday life going with his shy teenage son, Conrad. A planned exhibition of Isabelle’s photographs prompts Gene's older son, Jonah, to return to the house he grew up ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joachim Trier
CAST:  Gabriel Byrne  •  Isabelle Huppert  •  Jesse Eisenberg  •  Devin Druid

Three years after his wife, acclaimed photographer Isabelle Reed, dies in a car crash, Gene keeps everyday life going with his shy teenage son, Conrad. A planned exhibition of Isabelle’s photographs prompts Gene's older son, Jonah, to return to the house he grew up ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joachim Trier
CAST:  Gabriel Byrne  •  Isabelle Huppert  •  Jesse Eisenberg  •  Devin Druid

Pieta (2000)

Julian tells the story of the loss of his best friend Jacob. Years later, he goes back to the place where Jacob died and finds himself caught up in a cathartic experience with Rebecca, Julian's mother.  (more)

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Julian tells the story of the loss of his best friend Jacob. Years later, he goes back to the place where Jacob died and finds himself caught up in a cathartic experience with Rebecca, Julian's mother.  (more)

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Thelma (2017)

A college student starts to experience extreme seizures. She soon learns that the violent episodes are a symptom of inexplicable abilities.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joachim Trier
CAST:  Eili Harboe  •  Kaya Wilkins  •  Henrik Rafaelsen  •  Ellen Dorrit Petersen

A college student starts to experience extreme seizures. She soon learns that the violent episodes are a symptom of inexplicable abilities.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joachim Trier
CAST:  Eili Harboe  •  Kaya Wilkins  •  Henrik Rafaelsen  •  Ellen Dorrit Petersen

The Other Munch (2018)

This engrossing documentary follows the much-acclaimed Norwegian writer Karl Ove Knausgaard as he is invited to guest-curate an exhibition of paintings by Edvard Munch at Oslo’s Munch Museum. Co-director Joachim Trier appears onscreen alongside Knausgaard as they ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joachim Trier  •  Emil Trier
CAST:  Karl Ove Knausgård  •  Joachim Trier

This engrossing documentary follows the much-acclaimed Norwegian writer Karl Ove Knausgaard as he is invited to guest-curate an exhibition of paintings by Edvard Munch at Oslo’s Munch Museum. Co-director Joachim Trier appears onscreen alongside Knausgaard as they ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joachim Trier  •  Emil Trier
CAST:  Karl Ove Knausgård  •  Joachim Trier

Still (2001)

Joachim Trier's second short film. An ambitious short in which the story plays out in the mind of an old man about to die from a heart attack in a public park.  (more)

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Joachim Trier's second short film. An ambitious short in which the story plays out in the mind of an old man about to die from a heart attack in a public park.  (more)

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Board Control (2006)

From 1978 to 1989 skateboarding was illegal in Norway, as the only country in the world it was not legal to sell, buy or use skateboard in this period. The film follows two generations of skaters - from the underground culture in the late 70s, with skating on ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Emil Trier
CAST:  Jason Dancola  •  Anders Wittusen  •  Tony Alva  •  Joachim Trier

From 1978 to 1989 skateboarding was illegal in Norway, as the only country in the world it was not legal to sell, buy or use skateboard in this period. The film follows two generations of skaters - from the underground culture in the late 70s, with skating on ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Emil Trier
CAST:  Jason Dancola  •  Anders Wittusen  •  Tony Alva  •  Joachim Trier

The Worst Person in the World (2021)

The chronicles of four years in the life of Julie, a young woman who navigates the troubled waters of her love life and struggles to find her career path, leading her to take a realistic look at who she really is.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joachim Trier
CAST:  Anders Danielsen Lie  •  Renate Reinsve  •  Herbert Nordrum  •  Maria Grazia Di Meo

The chronicles of four years in the life of Julie, a young woman who navigates the troubled waters of her love life and struggles to find her career path, leading her to take a realistic look at who she really is.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joachim Trier
CAST:  Anders Danielsen Lie  •  Renate Reinsve  •  Herbert Nordrum  •  Maria Grazia Di Meo

The Academy Awards: 94th Oscars (2022)

In a return to a hosted ceremony after three years without one, Wanda Sykes, Amy Schumer and Regina Hall take the stage to emcee as guests gather at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland in Los Angeles. The 94th Academy Awards ceremony, presented by the Academy ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Glenn Weiss
CAST:  Amy Schumer  •  Wanda Sykes  •  Regina Hall  •  Will Smith

In a return to a hosted ceremony after three years without one, Wanda Sykes, Amy Schumer and Regina Hall take the stage to emcee as guests gather at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland in Los Angeles. The 94th Academy Awards ceremony, presented by the Academy ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Glenn Weiss
CAST:  Amy Schumer  •  Wanda Sykes  •  Regina Hall  •  Will Smith