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Happy (Sykt Lykkelig), Norway’s official entry for Best Foreign Language Film for the 2011 Academy Awards

Cucalorus Film Festival released its official schedule of films and events for this year’s festival, revealing a roster of over 150 films from 23 different countries. The festival opens on Thursday, November 10th with Dance-a-lorus, an exploration of film and dance at the historic Thalian Hall.

Other films include Happy, Happy (Sykt Lykkelig), Norway’s official entry for Best Foreign Language Film for the 2011 Academy Awards. Our Day Will Come,  the first feature film by Romain Gavras, the director of M.I.A.’s controversial “Born Free” music video; Simon Arthur’s Silver Tongues, winner of the Audience award at the Slamdance Film Festival, and Vikram Gandhi’s Kumare winner of the Audience Award for Best Documentary at SXSW also made the 2011 lineup.

Last minute additions include the Norwegian comedy Turn Me On Dammit!, which won best screenplay award at the Tribeca Film Festival.

In conjunction with the 25th anniversary of David Lynch’s classic American indie, the festival will host a staged reading of the play Blue Velvet: The Musical. Other special events like Norwood Cheek’s 10×10 and Visual Soundwalls solidify music’s position as guest of honor at Cucalorus 17.

The Cucalorus Film Festival runs November 10 – 13, 2011 in historic downtown Wilmington, North Carolina.

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