Tarjei Vesaas: The Unknown Genius

A minifestival to honour Tarjei Vesaas and his work

Tarjei Vesaas (1897–1970) was a Norwegian poet and novelist born in Vinje in Telemark. He first started publishing in 1920s, but his best known masterpieces are about twenty years younger, dating into 1940s and following decades. He is celebrated for his remarkable use of language and timeless topics of his books – till these days, he has been an inspiration for generations of artists, prose-writers and poets. His most important works have been translated into Czech and seven of them have been made into films.

The Scandinavian House in Prague together with Ponrepo Cinema and Liberál café would like to invite you to two events organized to commemorate this remarkable author and his work:


Friday, 8th December 2017, 5.30 pm
Ponrepo Cinema (Bartolomějská 11, Prague 1)

Spring Night (Vårnatt)
Norway 1976, 95 minutes
Directed by: Erik Solbakken
Starring: Espen Skjønberg, Astrid Folstad, Svein Scharffenberg

For the first time in their lives, two siblings, Hallstein and Sissel, spend a night without their parents. Suddenly, when having a dinner, someone is knocking on their door. Desperate foreigners from outside are asking for help: their car is broken and one of the women is about to give birth soon. Hidden conflicts start to emerge and the atmosphere in the house starts to get heavier… The boy, Hallstein, originally very childish, is forced to become an adult basically overnight.

A drama about coexistence, relationships and maturing based on a book by Tarjei Vesaas.

Espen Skjønberg (Hjalmar) is a famous Norwegian actor known for his roles in plays based on writings by Ibsen, Strindberg, Shakespeare and Chekhov. His rich portfolio also includes movies such as One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich (1970), Second Sight (1994) or I Am Dina (2002).

Erik Solbakken, the director, was most active in the 1970s. Apart from Spring Night, he directed another movie based on a book by Tarjei Vesaas: The Seed (1974).

Screened in original Norwegian version with Czech subtitles.
Entrance fee: CZK 80/70 (student discount); or CZK 50/40 for Ponrepo members
Tickets are sold at the box office in the cinema


Monday, 11th December 2017, 7 pm
Liberál café (Heřmanova 6, Prague 7)

Another part of the minifestival will take place in Liberál café. The visitors will have a unique chance to hear excerpts from Tarjei Vesaas’ prose and poetry supplemented by information about his personal life and cultural influence of his era.

The musical part will consist of unjustly forgotten lyrical compositions by Edvard Grieg.

In Czech.

The entrance fee is voluntary.