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At Berlin Film Festival, a Norwegian forest as childhood paradise

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BERLIN (Reuters) – A Norwegian drama starring film veteran Stellan Skarsgard awakens nostalgia for youth and bygone landscapes, but global warming was not its intended message, according to the author of the book the film is based on.

FILE PHOTO: Director and screenwriter Hans Petter Moland and actors Stellan Skarsgard, Bjorn Floberg, Jon Ranes, Tobias Santelmann and Danica Curcic pose during a photocall to promote the movie Ut og stjaele hester (Out Stealing Horses) at the 69th Berlinale International Film Festival in Berlin, Germany, Feb. 9, 2019. REUTERS/Annegret Hilse/File Photo

“Out Stealing Horses”, which premiered at the 69th Berlin Film Festival on Saturday, is based on a best-selling novel by Norwegian author Per Petterson.

It tells the story of an old man’s memories of a childhood summer spent in the forests of eastern Norway where he made decisions that impacted his whole life.

“When I was a young boy, I lived very close to the forest … many years later, I moved back to the forest and it was a whole new thing,” Petterson said. “I immediately started writing this book”.

The film, directed by Hans Petter Moland, is one of 17 films competing for the Golden Bear, the top prize at the Berlin Film Festival.

It follows 15-year-old Trond, who in between climbing trees, riding wild horses and helping with logging and transporting lumber through the summer, bonds with his father. He also develops strong feelings for a much older woman.

The father, who loves the same woman, at one point tells Trond “we do decide for ourselves when it will hurt.”

Trond later moves to Oslo and only returns to the region 50 years later as a lonely widower, played by Skarsgard. A snowy winter does not stop memories of that summer from flooding back in a sweet, though melancholic way.

Petterson’s novel was published in 2003 and has been awarded several literary prizes in Norway and in Europe.

“Everyone says, if you should make a good film, you should take a very bad book and make a good film, and this is the most popular, international Norwegian book ever”, said producer Turid Overseen.

A Norwegian production company bought the book’s film rights in 2008, but the filming did not start for another decade.

“It is a fantastic book, but I thought they can’t make a film out of this one … But then Hans Petter Moland got (involved) and I knew he was the right man for it”, said Skarsgard. “His relationship to Norwegian nature is unparalleled”.

While light on dialogue, the sounds of the forest were significant to Moland.

“We are very proud of that sound mix … It was only finished yesterday at 3 o’clock”, he said.

Reporting by Riham Alkousaa, additional reporting by Reuters TV; editing by G Crosse

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Jenna Bush Hager honors grandmother, former First Lady Barbara Bush: ‘One year without our enforcer’

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Jenna Bush Hager marked the one year anniversary of the death of her grandmother, former First Lady Barbara Bush, with a sweet tribute on social media.

Barbara died at age 92 in April 2018 shortly after her family announced that she was in failing health and decided to decline further medical treatment in favor of “comfort care.” Her husband, former President George H.W. Bush died about eight months later.

On Wednesday, the “Today” host took to Instagram to share a photo of her late grandmother along with a touching message reflecting on the year that’s passed without her.

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“Missing you Ganny today and everyday,” the 36-year-old wrote. “One year without our enforcer—hard believe. You made us better and we love you more than tongue can tell.”

Bush Hager previously explained the unique Bush-family phrase shortly after her grandfather died. On Instagram, she shared a touching cartoon from artist Marshall Ramsey and explained that she asked her grandfather about the afterlife shortly before he died. He said he was excited to be reunited with his wife and their daughter, Pauline Robinson “Robin” Bush, who died of leukemia at age three.

Jenna Bush Hager shared a tribute to her late grandmother one year after her death.

Jenna Bush Hager shared a tribute to her late grandmother one year after her death.
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Bush Hager explained that her grandfather would repeat a phrase that Robin said before her death, “Love you more than tongue can tell.”

The past year has been more than eventful for Bush Hager, who was recently named the permanent replacement for Kathie Lee Gifford on “Today.” She previously eulogized her grandmother in December with an essay written for Southern Living magazine where she reflected on the first holiday without her grandmother.

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“This Christmas, our first without Ganny, I’m nostalgic for the days when we were together,” Jenna wrote (via People). “This time of year is full of love but for those who have recently lost someone, that loss is illuminated.”

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Demi Moore penning ‘a wrenchingly honest’ memoir that details ‘tumultuous relationship’ with mom, ex-husbands

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Demi Moore is set to release a new memoir her publisher says is “deeply candid and insightful.”

Moore’s “Inside Out” is scheduled for Sept. 24, HarperCollins announced Wednesday. According to the publisher, the actress writes openly about everything from her “tumultuous relationship” with her mother, from whom she was long estranged, to her three marriages, among them to Bruce Willis and Ashton Kutcher.

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“Throughout her rise to fame and during some of the most pivotal moments of her life, Moore battled addiction, body image issues, and childhood trauma that would follow her for years — all while juggling a skyrocketing career, celebrity status, and raising a family,” HarperCollins announced.

Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore were married from 2005-2013.

Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore were married from 2005-2013.
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“In this emotionally charged memoir, she opens up about her career and personal life — laying bare her defining tumultuous relationship with her mother, her marriages, her struggles balancing stardom with motherhood, and her journey toward open heartedness. ‘Inside Out’ is a story of survival, success, and surrender — as well as resilience: a wrenchingly honest portrayal of one woman’s at once ordinary and iconic life.”

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Moore, 56, was a high school dropout who became a television star in her early 20s on the daytime soap opera “General Hospital” and later starred in such hit films as “St. Elmo’s Fire,” ”Ghost” and “A Few Good Men.” She is also a longtime activist for children’s rights and is the co-founder of Thorn, a nonprofit which combats child sex trafficking.

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Bruce Willis and Demi Moore were married from 1987-2000. They share three daughters together.

Bruce Willis and Demi Moore were married from 1987-2000. They share three daughters together.
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The deal for her memoir, reportedly worth seven figures, was announced in 2010, when she and Kutcher were still together. Moore announced in 2011 that she was ending the marriage and they divorced two years later. HarperCollins, which originally set a publication date of 2012, declined comment on financial details or whether the breakup with Kutcher contributed to the book’s delay.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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‘T2 Trainspotting’ actor Bradley Welsh shot dead in Scotland

“T2 Trainspotting” actor Bradley Welsh was shot dead Wednesday in Scotland’s capital, officials said.

Welsh, who played Doyle, a gangland figure in the sequel to “Trainspotting,” was shot in Edinburgh’s west end. Welsh’s age wasn’t clear.

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The Edinburgh Police Division said officers were called to the incident following a report of a disturbance. When medical officials arrived, they discovered a man “seriously injured in the street and sadly passed away at the scene.” Police said they were treating the man’s death as “suspicious” and are investigating. Anyone with information was asked to contact police. Police did not name the man shot.

A number of media outlets, including The Scotsman and the BBC, confirmed the actor’s death. Irvine Welsh, the author of “Trainspotting,” paid tribute to the fallen actor. The two men are not related.

A floral tribute at the scene of the shooting of Bradley Welsh, in Edinburgh, Scotland, Thursday April 18, 2019.

A floral tribute at the scene of the shooting of Bradley Welsh, in Edinburgh, Scotland, Thursday April 18, 2019.
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“Bradley John Welsh, my heart is broken,” he tweeted. “Goodbye my amazing and beautiful friend. Thanks for making me a better person and helping me to see the world in a kinder and wiser way.”

Welsh appeared alongside Ewan McGregor in the sequel. He also appeared on Bravo’s “Danny Dyer’s Deadliest Men” in 2009. Welsh had no prior acting experience before appearing in “T2 Trainspotting.” Welsh was reportedly a lightweight boxing champion.

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