Pyromaniac (Pyromanen)
California Theatre, San JoseWed, Mar 1, 2017 4:30 PM Event Date Passed  
CineArts Santana Row Screen 6Fri, Mar 3, 2017 1:30 PM Event Date Passed  
Film Info
Type of Film/Event:Feature
Rating:Not Rated
Production Country:Norway
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Erik Skjoldbjaerg
Producer:Edward A. Dreyer
Aage Aaberge
John Einar Hagen
Geir Eikeland
Stig Haug
Screenwriter:Bjorn Olaf Johannessen
Music:Gaute Tonder
Maja Ratkje
Cinematographer:Gosta Reiland
Editor:Sverrir Kristjansson
Cast:Trond Hjort Nilsen
Per Frisch
Liv Bernhoft Osa
Henrik Rafaelsen

He can’t say no to the urge to burn.

In a peaceful and closely-knit Norwegian village, fear spreads like wildfire, as night by night, an unidentified arsonist goes on a wrecking spree of starting a series of fires. Unbeknownst to villagers, the pyromaniac is no less than an avid fireman himself, Dag - the son of the fire brigade’s chief. As suspicions among his closest grow, Dag’s reach becomes increasingly sinister and audacious, and dread takes over the village. Coming from one of Norway’s most internationally acclaimed directors, Erik Skjoldbjærg (Insomnia), Pyromaniac plays like a disquieting, yet irresistibly alluring dream. It is an impressive, dark delight of suspense and a visual and cinematic tour-de-force, as we delve into the murky waters of a disturbed young mind and the terror he instills in others. - Liva Petersone

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