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Insomnia

Erik Skjoldbjærg

 
Insomnia (Criterion Blu-Ray/DVD Combo)

22 Jul 2014

Dual Format Blu-ray/DVD

2 Discs

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  • Norway
  • 1997
  • 97 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.85:1
  • Norwegian, Swedish
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  • Spine #47

In this elegantly unsettling murder mystery, Stellan Skarsgård plays an enigmatic Swedish detective with a checkered past who arrives in a small town in northern Norway to investigate the death of a teenage girl. As he digs deeper into the facts surrounding the heinous killing, his own demons and the tyrannical midnight sun begin to take a toll. The success of Erik Skjoldbjærg’s chilling procedural anticipated the international hunger for Scandinavian noirs and serial- killer fictions, and the film features one of Skarsgård’s greatest performances.

Credits

DirectorErik Skjoldbjærg
ScreenplayNikolaj Frobenius and Erik Skjoldbjærg
Executive producersPetter Borgli, Tomas Backström and Tom Remlov
Director of photographyErling Thurmann-Andersen
EditorHåkon Øverås
ComposerGeir Jenssen
Production designerEli Bø

Disc Features

DIRECTOR-APPROVED EDITION:

  • New 4K digital restoration, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New conversation between director Erik Skjoldbjærg and actor Stellan Skarsgård
  • Two short films by Skjoldbjærg: Near Winter (1993) and Close to Home (1994)
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Jonathan Romney

    New cover by Fred Davis

Film Essays

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Insomnia: Unbearable Lightness

By Jonathan Romney July 25, 2014

Erik Skjoldbjærg’s sun-drenched noir follows a detective trying to conceal his amoral actions amid unforgiving daylight. Read more »


Film Essays

Insomnia

By Peter Cowie December 31, 2000

Those who felt that Scandinavian cinema had passed into retirement along with Ingmar Bergman should be startled by Insomnia. This immaculately constructed psychological thriller sets a benchmark . . . Read more »

Film Essays

Insomnianoir_t_thumbnail

Insomnia: Unbearable Lightness

By Jonathan Romney July 25, 2014

Erik Skjoldbjærg’s sun-drenched noir follows a detective trying to conceal his amoral actions amid unforgiving daylight. Read more »


Interviews


Film Essays

Insomnia

By Peter Cowie December 31, 2000

Those who felt that Scandinavian cinema had passed into retirement along with Ingmar Bergman should be startled by Insomnia. This immaculately constructed psychological thriller sets a benchmark . . . Read more »