One of Norway's most popular films of 2007 will soon be coming to the English-speaking world, thanks to The Weinstein Co. It's called Kill Buljo, and it's a parody of Tarantino's Kill Bill movies, with jokes about Norwegian stereotypes and spoofs of other Norwegian films thrown in for good measure.

Variety says the film got terrible reviews in its native land, and it seems a rather unlikely success -- but Norwegian audiences have been eating it up. About 100,000 people saw it, or 2.1% of the country's entire population. For comparison's sake, if 2.1% of the U.S. population saw a particular movie, it would mean about 6.3 million tickets sold, for a healthy box office gross of $45 million or so.

Kill Buljo screened at the American Film Market earlier this month and has sold to a couple dozen countries. The Weinsteins bought the rights for the United States, U.K., and Australia, and will probably send it straight to DVD.

Variety quotes the writer/producer/director Tommy Wirkola as being particularly excited about the U.S. sale because "that means that Quentin Tarantino will get a chance to see it." A Norwegian newspaper says Tarantino has seen the trailer and is delighted by the idea. That makes sense, given his fondness for independent films and irony. Kill Buljo only cost about $250,000 to make, too, so you gotta respect Wirkola's resourcefulness, if nothing else.

But will the jokes translate? You can see a subtitled trailer for it at the film's official website. I laughed at a couple of the gags. (There's also a different, non-subtitled trailer on YouTube.) The film seems to be in the broad, goofy vein of comedy, which can lead to masterpieces like Airplane!, and atrocities like Date Movie. So who knows? The Weinsteins could have a new cult favorite on their hands.
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