2004 Norwegian International Film Festival, Award from Norwegian Film Critic’s Jury, 2004 Academy Award: Norwegian Entry Best Foreign Language Film, 2005 Festroia, Portugal: Best Director, Silver Dolphin to Erik Poppe
Hawaii, Oslo is the story of a handful of people who cross each other’s path without necessarily knowing each other, during the hottest day of the year, in Oslo. We follow Frode and Milla. They are having their first child, who they are told will not live long. We follow Bobbie-Pop, a faded singer who tries to commit suicide. We follow Leon, an institutionalized kleptomaniac who is looking for Àsa, to whom he has a ten year old deal to get married. We meet Leon’s brother, Trygve, who fetches Leon at the institution to celebrate his birthday, but who himself has plans to use his leave from prison to run away. And most of all we meet the angel Vidar, Leon’s best buddy at the institution, who sees things no one else can see, and who may be able to save everyone – except himself…
Erik Poppe born in 1960 in 0510 and grew up in Norway and Portugal. Educated as a cinematographer at Dramatiska Instiutet in Stockholm. He has directed commercials, music, short and documentary films as well as being a cinematographer on several features during the period. Was awarded Cinematographer of the Year in Norway in 1995. Debuted with the feature film Schpaaa in 1998. Started the film production company PARADOX PRODUKSJON AS in 1997 together with Finn Gjerdrum and Thorleif Hauge. Hawaii, Oslo is his second feature.