Norwegian Thriller “Thelma” Follows A Newly Minted Lesbian With Paranormal Powers

Joachim Trier's supernatural drama is Norway's submission for Best Foreign-Language Film Oscar.

It’s not too early to start considering Oscar contenders, and Norway’s entry for Best Foreign Language Film could be this year’s Moonlight: Director Joachim Trier has followed his critically acclaimed Louder Than Bombs with Thelma, a lesbian paranormal thriller starring Eili Harboe in the title role.

The new English-subtitled trailer highlights the film’s creepy yet beautiful cinematography, and the equally eerie experiences Thelma, a freshman at a religious college, is having.


She’s finding herself seizing and shaking uncontrollably in public, sensations that coincide with her sexual explorations with a female friend, Anja (Okay Kaya).

Is it erotic or something darker?



Thelma premieres at the Toronto Film Festival before hitting theaters on November 10. Next stop, the Oscars?

Trish Bendix is a Los Angeles-based writer.