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Cinema and Discussion: Translating Jo Nesbø’s Headhunters

29. September 2019 | 19:00 - 22:15

Film still Headhunters

HODEJEGERNE  Headhunters

Norway 2011. Director: Morten Tyldum
Cast: Aksel Hennie, Synnøve Macody Lund, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. 100 mins. DCP. OV with German subtitles.

Film still Headhunters

Suspense from Norway: Translating Jo Nesbø’s crime thriller Headhunters

Discussion at 19:00:

Günther Frauenlob, literary translator, and Stefanie Georgi, subtitler, discuss the differences between the German translation of the film and the novel. Moderator: Ulrich Sonnenberg.

Film screening at 20:30:


After Jo Nesbø, one of the currently most successful thriller authors, has opposed film adaptations of his works for years, HEADHUNTERS is the first adaptation he has agreed to.

Director Morten Tyldum has turned the novel published in 2008 into a tough thriller movie with first-class actors and a cleverly knitted plot.

Roger Brown earns a lot of money as a recruiter and lives with his beautiful wife Diana in a magnificent villa. To finance this luxurious lifestyle, he uses his contacts with clients to steal their precious works of art. After stealing a lost Rubens from the smart Dutch businessman Clas Greve, he has to realize that he’s been messing with an unscrupulous manhunter and ex-soldier he can’t handle …

The event is part of the Bent Hamer retrospective.

Discussion: Günther Frauenlob (literary translator), Stefanie Georgi (subtitler)

Moderation: Ulrich Sonnenberg

Tickets: Free admission to discussion at 19:00, Film screening at 20:30 regular admission price.

In collaboration with: Weltlesebühne e.V.





29. September 2019
19:00 - 22:15
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