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Thelma releases electrifying opening scene

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Joachim Trier’s critically acclaimed Thelma, debuting at Toronto Film festival and already earning a nomination for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2018 Academy Awards, has now released its opening scene online.

With categorisation ranging from horror and science fiction to thriller and drama, it’s safe to say the Norwegian hit is in a genre all of its own. The narrative follows shy young Thelma (Eili Harboe), a college student that has broken free of her religious family to study in the metropolitan Oslo. Soon, she starts to suffer seizures, and coincidentally becomes increasingly infatuated with the beautiful Anja (Kaya Wilkins).

When Thelma tries to deny her affections, the seizures become more intense – slowly revealing a supernatural connection. Coming to a head in a whirlwind of events, the young woman must face the tragic secrets of her past, and the implications of what her newfound powers entail.

The opening scene seems to hint at what those tragic secrets might be, showing a young Thelma accompanying her father on a hunting trip in the woods. Spotting a deer, the father aims his rifle to take down their prey – but the shot doesn’t result in a venison dinner.

Joining the opening cut is a slew of critical praise, and a look into the later clips of the film. Intoxicatingly mysterious and with an undeniably creepy tone, Thelma looks set to make waves throughout plenty of award ceremonies. Catch the released scene below:

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