To Plant a Flag
Bobbie Peers (b. 1974) made his mark on Norwegian film history in 2006, when he won a Palme d’Or for his short film Sniffer, which he both wrote and directed. Since then and after graduating London International Film School, Peers has been active as a screenwriter and director for television, short films and numerous commercials. In 2015 Peers’ debut feature film Dirk Ohm – The Disappearing Illusionist hit the cinemas.
In 2018, Peers’ eagerly awaited new short film To Plant a Flag premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. The drama comedy short stars Jason Schwartzman and Jack Johnson and is set in early 1960s Iceland.
In 2015 the multi-talented Peer also made his debut as a children’s books author. William Wenton and the Luridium Thief, is his first book in a forthcoming series featuring the code breaking whizz William, which has charmed critics and readers alike.
|UR Award (Best Short Film) Sweden – To Plant a Flag||2018|
|Palme d'Or, Cannes Film Festival (Best Short Film) France – Sniffer||2006|
|Cannes Film Festival (Norman McLaren Award) France – Sniffer||2006|
|Norwegian Short Film Festival (Prix UIP Grimstad) Norway – Sniffer||2006|
|European Film Awards Nominee (Best European Short Film) – Sniffer||2006|
|Amanda Awards Nominee (Best Short Film) Norway – Sniffer||2006|
|To Plant a Flag |
|Dirk Ohm – Illusjonisten Som Forsvant Dirk Ohm – The Disappearing Illusionist|
|Grønnsakshagen Veggie Land|
|Folk Som Faller People Who Fall|
|Krokketmatchen The Croquet Match|
|Down Under Down Under|
Bobbie Peers’ short film To Plant a Flag, starring Jake Johnson and Jason Schwartzman, is the winner of the Uppsala International Short Film Festival’s UR Award. The Uppsala International Short Film Festival is Sweden’s premier short film festival.
The jury motivates its choice of To Plant a Flag thusly:
“An astonishing story where aspiring plans face unforeseen real-world obstacles. With a silly sense of humor an encounter is portrayed between dissimilar worlds where cultures and expectations collide. This wonderful fusion of excellent screenwriting, skillful acting and beautiful footage will leave the viewer with a film experience beyond the usual.”
Palme d’Or winner Bobbie Peers’ new short film To Plant a Flag will have its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival this September.
Peers, who has both written the screenplay and directed the 15 minute long drama comedy, is joined by a cast comprising of among else Jason Schwartzman (Moonrise Kingdom, Darjeeling Limited) and Jake Johnson (New Girl, Jurassic World).
Schwartzman and Johnson play the roles of two hapless NASA trainees sent to the lunar landscapes of Iceland in the early 1960s. Their mission is to train for the 1969 moon landing, but even before leaving Earth the would-be astronauts encounter trouble in the form of an Icelandic sheep farmer. Bobbie Peers’ deft direction ensures no comedic opportunity goes lost in this visually stunning and on the mark short film.