The Middle Man

Bent Hamer, Norway, 2021

100 min.Feature

The movie is a darkly humorous social satire which takes place in a small town that is experiencing an epidemic of accidents and deaths. The town is run by “The Commission” (the Sheriff, the Doctor and the Pastor) who decide to hire a ‘middle man’ whose sole responsibility will be to inform the family when an unfortunate incident occurs. Frank Farrelli is a quiet, thoughtful man who proves perfect for the job. He takes his new role on with gusto and quickly becomes the town’s beacon of bad news. But the pressures of the job and a budding new romance overwhelm Frank. To ease his burden, he calls in a ‘favour’ that end up in a horrifying yet oddly amusing murder.
Basic information Credits Festivals & awards
Original title The Middle Man
Danish title The Middle Man
Director Bent Hamer
Screenplay Bent Hamer
Producer Bent Hamer
Director of Photography John Christian Rosenlund
Editor Anders Refn
Sound Steve Munro
Production designer Diana Magnus
Appearance Pål Sverre Valheim Hagen, Nicolas Bro, Trond Fausa Aurvåg, Paul Gross
Production country Norway, Germany, Sweden, Canada, Denmark
Production company BulBul Film
Domestic distribution Scanbox
International sales Les Films Du Losange
DFI subsidy Minor
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Production company BulBul Film
Co-production Pandora Film, Profile Pictures
In collaboration with Eurimages, Norwegian Film Institute, Nordisk Film & TV Fond, Det Danske Filminstitut, The Northern Ontario Heritage Fund, Telefilm Canada, Ontario Creates, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, Deutscher FilmFörderfonds, ZDF/ARTE, Bord Cadre Films, Sovereign Films, A CRAVE Original Film
Domestic distribution Scanbox


Direction Bent Hamer


Screenplay Bent Hamer
Story Lars Saabye Christensen


Producer Bent Hamer
Co-producer Jacob Jarek


Cinematographer John Christian Rosenlund


Editor Anders Refn


Music Jonathan Goldsmith

Production design

Production designer Diana Magnus


Costume designer Amanda Lee Street
Costume assistant Amanda Puls


Sound designer Steve Munro


Stunt coordinator Wayne Wells
Stunts Julian Lewis


Frank Pål Sverre Valheim Hagen
Pastor Nicolas Bro
Bob Spencer Trond Fausa Aurvåg
Sheriffen Paul Gross
Doctor Don McKellar
Blenda Tuva Novotny
Bill Jim Stark
Franks mor Nina Andresen Borud
Steve Miller Rossif Sutherland
Mrs. Stout Sheila McCarthy
Mr. Stout Bill Lake
Arthur Clintstone Aksel Hennie
Bartender Tyler Dukes
Mandlig gæst David Carter
Hospitalslæge Quatis Tarkington
Martin Miller Kenneth Welsh
Mr. Perkins Christopher Buchholz
Mrs. Perkins Jannike Schubert
Sally Rosalie Chilelli
Sygeplejerske 1 Katharina Rübertus
Sygeplejerske 2 Anna-Sophia Lumpe
Marion/Veronica Josiane McCartney
Mr. Mills Daniel Drewes
Mrs. Mills Nicola Inden

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