Bothersome Man, The
Bothersome Man, The

Bothersome Man, The

A man arrives in a gray and charmless city and is given an apartment, a job, a lover. But something is wrong, something is missing. Tastes, smells, noises, emotions - things that he seems to remember from a past life and that he longs for.


Forty-year-old Andreas arrives in a strange city with no memory of how he got there. He is presented with a job, an apartment - even a wife. But before long, Andreas notices that something is wrong. The people around him seem cut off from any real emotion, and communicate only in superficialities. The ominous "Caretakers", who make sure the city runs smoothly, keep an increasing watch over Andreas as they find he doesn´t fit in. Andreas makes an attempt to escape the city, but he discovers there´s no way out. Andreas meets Hugo, who has the same longings as himself. Hugo has found a crack in a wall in his cellar. Beautiful music streams out from the crack. Maybe it leads to "the other side"? A new plan for escape is hatched.

About the film

  • Type: Feature Film
  • National Premiere Date: May 20, 2006
  • Genre: Comedy, Drama
  • Length: 95 min.
  • Language: Norwegian
  • Original Title: Den brysomme mannen
  • International Title: Bothersome Man, The
  • Production Year: 2006
  • Production Countries: Iceland, Norway
  • IMDB: Bothersome Man, The
  • Website:
  • Icelandic Film Centre Grant: Yes
  • Production Format: 35mm
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Color: Yes
  • Sound: Dolby Digital



Company Credits


  • Edduverðlaunin / Edda Awards, 2007 - Award: Nominated for Feature Film of the Year.
  • Göteborg International Film Festival, 2007 - Award: FRIPRESCI Award.
  • Gerardmer Film Festival Fantasticart, 2007 - Award: Grand Prix. Youth Jury Award. International Press Award. SCI FI Award.
  • Fantasporto International Film Festival, 2007 - Award: Special Mention of the Jury.
  • Cinequest Film Festival, 2007 - Award: Maverick Spirit Award.
  • Brussels European Film festival, 2006 - Award: BeTV Prize of Best Film.
  • Neuchatel International Fantastic Film Festival, 2006 - Award: HR Giger Award for Best Fantastic Feature. Silver Melies for Best European feature.
  • IFF Arsenals Riga, 2006
  • Athens IFF, 2006 - Award: City of Athens Best Director Award.
  • Festival Internacional de Cinema de Catalunya (Sitges), 2006 - Award: Best Production Design (Are Sjaastad).
  • Hamptons International Film Festival, 2006 - Award: Golden Starfish Narrative Feature Film Award. Kodak Prize for Best Cinematography (John Christian Rosenlund).
  • Festival du Nouveau Cinéma Montréal, 2006 - Award: Jury’s Special Mention. AQCC Award.

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