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Bent Hamer (born 18 December 1956) is a film director, writer and producer, born in Sandefjord, Norway in 1956.

Bent Hamer
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Born18 December 1956 (1956-12-18) (age 62)
Sandefjord, Norway
Occupationfilm director, writer, producer



Hamer studied film theory and literature at the University of Stockholm and the Stockholm Film School. In addition to his feature films, he has written and directed a number of short films and documentaries. His first film, Eggs, premiered at the 1995 Cannes Film Festival where it was shown in the Directors' Fortnight section. That same year, it was shown in competition at the 19th Moscow International Film Festival[1] where it won the award for Best First Film; it also received the FIPRESCI Prize at the 1995 Toronto International Film Festival. His 2003 film Kitchen Stories screened at many international festivals and was the Norwegian submission for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

In April 2004, Bent Hamer started shooting Factotum based on the novel of the same name by US poet and writer Charles Bukowski. The screenplay was written by Hamer and Jim Stark (Mystery Train, Cold Fever), who produced the film together with Christine Walker (American Splendor). The film premiered at the Kosmorama Film Festival in Trondheim, Norway, on 2005-04-12.

Hamer is the owner and founder of the BulBul Film Association, established in Oslo in 1994.


Feature Films:

Short Films:

  • Rødvyn Aargang 81, 1981
  • Longitude Latitude (Makrellen er kommen), 1989
  • Happy Hour, 1990 (co-director: Jörgen Bergmark)
  • Sunday Dinner (Søndagsmiddag), 1990
  • Stone (Stein), 1992
  • Applause (Applaus), 1993
  • Just for the hell of it (Bare kødd), 1995


  • Courage to Dignity (Mot til verdighet), 1994
  • Norway the Conqueror (Norge erobreren), part of documentary series 2001–05


  1. ^ "19th Moscow International Film Festival (1995)". MIFF. Archived from the original on 22 March 2013. Retrieved 20 March 2013.
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