A Still Sea

Antoine (17) is trapped in an ocean of negative thoughts that affect his entire existence in Norway. He tries to suppress it, but his destructive behavior pulls him further and further into the deep.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Et stille hav
  • Director
    Håvard Fandrem
  • Writers
    Moyna Elanor Söderstrand
  • Photo
    Michael-Mark Lanham
  • Actors
    Ruben Lemonnier, Anna Dworak
  • Playtime
    21 min
  • Year
    2020
  • Country
    Norway

Apocalypse Norway

A deadly virus is spreading throughout the world, and as it’s getting closer to Europe, a group of Norwegian teenagers decide to celebrate.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Apocalypse Norway
  • Director
    Jakob Rørvik
  • Producer
    Ape&Bjørn, GOfilm.
  • Playtime
    20 min
  • Country
    Norway

Before long

Between the darkness of her dying mother’s hotel room and the heat of the sun outside, 17-year-old Fanny is split between grief and lust during a Summer holiday in Southern Europe.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Om litt
  • Director
    Sylvia Le Fanu
  • Producer
    Caroline Hitland
  • Writers
    Mads Lind Knudsen
  • Photo
    Jan Bastian Munoz Marthinsen
  • Actors
    Billie Barker, Kashayar Afshar, Ingunn Beate Øyen, Anders Mossling
  • Playtime
    26 min
  • Year
    2020
  • Country
    Norway

Beware of Children

When a crisis strikes, we reveal our true colours.

Lykke, the 13-year old daughter of a Labour Party politician, accidentally kills Jamie, the son of a high profile rightwing politician. The film traces the aftermath of the accident, and examines the implications of having, and being, a child in contemporary Norway.

Beware of Children traces the dramatic aftermath of a tragic event in a middle class suburb of Oslo. During a break in school 13 year-old Lykke, the daughter of a prominent Labour Party member, seriously injures her classmate Jamie, the son of a high profile right-wing politician. When Jamie later dies in hospital, contradicting versions of what actually happened risks making a difficult and traumatic situation worse. Was it only innocent play behind? Liv, the school’s principal and the secret lover of Jamie’s father, must find the strength to confront a community in distress, and her own highly conflicted emotions.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Barn
  • Director
    Dag Johan Haugerud
  • Producer
    Yngve Sæther
  • Writers
    Dag Johan Haugerud
  • Photo
    Øystein Mamen
  • Actors
    Ella Øverbye, Henriette Steenstrup, Thorbjørn Harr, Jan Gunnar Røise, Anne Marit Jacobsen, Andrea Bræin Hovig, Hans Olav Brenner
  • Playtime
    2 h 37 min
  • Year
    2019
  • Country
    Norway
  • Age limit
    9 years
  • Production
    Motlys
  • Distributor
    Arthaus

Binti

Binti is an entertaining and approachable film full of colour, friendship and love. Twelve-year-old Binti dreams of making a name for herself as a vlogger and becoming a star like her idol Tatyana. But when they risk being deported as illegal aliens in a police raid, she and her father are forced on the run. Binti meets Elias and they become friends. While Binti uses her vlog to help Elias with his “Save the Okapi Club”, she hatches her perfekt plan: if her dad marries Elias’s single mother, they could stay in Belgium forever.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Binti
  • Director
    Frederikke Migom
  • Producer
    Kathleen Goosens
  • Writers
    Frederikke Migom
  • Photo
    Joachim Philippe
  • Actors
    Bebel Tshiani Baloji, Mo Bakker, Joke Devynck; Baloji
  • Playtime
    1 h 30 min
  • Year
    2019
  • Country
    Belgium, Netherlands
  • Age limit
    9 years
  • Production
    Bulletproof Cupid
  • Distributor
    NFI

Breaking Surface

Swedish/Norwegian half-sisters Tuva and Ida are winter-diving along a remote part of the Norwegian coast line. By the end of the dive, Tuva is trapped 100 feet below the surface by a rockslide, which also buries their equipment on land, their car and phones. They are cut off from the rest of the world. In a desperate fight to save her sister, Ida is pushed to her limits, and when everything seems to be lost, it turns out to be more than a fight for survival. The Swedish film Breaking Surface is filmed on location in Norway, including Narvik and Lofoten, and has beautiful scenery from nature, impressive underwater sequences and claustrophobic tension.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Breaking Surface
  • Director
    Joachim Hedén
  • Producer
    Julia Gebauer, Jonas Sörensson
  • Writers
    Joachim Hedén
  • Photo
    Anna Patarakina, Eric Börjeson
  • Actors
    Moa Gammel, Madeleine Martin, Trine Wiggen
  • Playtime
    1 h 22 min
  • Year
    2020
  • Country
    Sweden
  • Production
    Way Feature Films
  • Distributor
    Fidalgo Filmdistribusjon

Cam Boy

A young couple enters the thriving world of camming to fulfill their ambitions and reignite their stalling relationship. However, when things don’t go as planned, an unexpected metamorphosis of flesh and fantasy occurs. Cam Boy is a thrilling vision of modern love in a digital world.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Cam Boy
  • Director
    Ivar Aase
  • Producer
    Øyvind Eriksen Lierhagen
  • Writers
    Erik Ivar Sæther
  • Photo
    Josefine Lundberg
  • Actors
    Ingrid Giæver, Ruben Rosbach, Sofia Su
  • Playtime
    22 min
  • Year
    2020
  • Country
    Norway

Delete History

In a provincial suburb, three neighbours come to terms with the consequences of the new world of social media. Marie, who lives off her husband’s family allowance, is afraid of losing her son’s respect because of a sex tape. Bertrand can’t say no to advertising calls and is fighting to protect his daughter, who is being bullied online. Christine, after losing everything because of her addiction to TV series, wonders why her rating as an Uber driver is not taking off. These three lone fighters are incapable of finding a solution to their problems on their own – until they join forces to declare war on the tech giants.

Delete History captures our 21st century reality in a way few other films have: there is neither history nor are there stories, neither left-wing nor right. Instead of a physical boss who enforces our obedience, an invisible, data-spewing cloud controls us and devours our identities. Delete History is an empathetic tribute to those who are “left behind”, who hold up a mirror to us all and our perceptions of reality.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Effacer l’historique
  • Director
    Benoît Delépine, Gustave Kervern
  • Producer
    Sylvie Pialat, Benoît Quainon, Benoît Delépine, Gustave Kervern
  • Writers
    Benoît Delépine, Gustave Kervern
  • Photo
    Hugues Poulain
  • Actors
    Blanche Gardin, Denis Podalydès, Corinne Masiero
  • Playtime
    1 h 50 min
  • Year
    2019
  • Country
    France, Belgium
  • Age limit
    All ages
  • Production
    Les Films du Worso
  • Distributor
    Festivalimport

Disco

On the surface level, everything seems perfect. 19-year-old Mirjam is the stepdaughter of the charismatic pastor in the congregation Freedom. As the world champion of disco freestyle dance, and leader of the free church’s youth group, she is the pride of the church. But during the World Championship she collapses on the dance floor, and the defeat awakens doubt and unrest in her. At home she is told that she must believe more, have stronger faith. Mirjam tries, but her body fails. In the search for answers of where her problems come from, and in frustration of not being seen, she is pulled towards a more conservative congregation. She joins their summer camp in secret.

Disco is the second film from director and screenwriter Jorunn Myklebust Syversen. With a raw realism she depicts environments that exists, but are rarely represented in the media. Her first film The Tree Feller (2017) was nominated for two Amanda Awards and received acclaim from Norwegian critics.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Disco
  • Director
    Jorunn Myklebust Syversen
  • Producer
    Maria Ekerhovd
  • Writers
    Jorunn Myklebust Syversen
  • Photo
    Marius Matzow Gulbrandsen
  • Actors
    Josefine Frida, Nicolai Cleve Broch, Andrea Bræin Hovig, Kjærsti Odden Skjeldal, Espen Klouman Høiner
  • Playtime
    1 h 34 min
  • Year
    2019
  • Country
    Norway
  • Production
    Mer Film
  • Distributor
    Mer Film

Floating City

This experimental documentary takes on the topic of the invasion of cruise ships in Stavanger, Norway, and the pollution it creates. Shot entirely in black and white and without voiceover, this unique short film immerses us in the absurdity of huge cruise ships occupying the Norwegian coast’s landscape. A timely film with a strong message.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Floating City
  • Director
    Frida Feline Nilsen and Rebekka Torgersen
  • Playtime
    2 min
  • Country
    Norway

Fucking Adopted

Are you going to find your “real” parents? Therese and Nora have no plans on doing that. They are both adopted from India and came to Norway as babies but have never talked about adoption together. Nora invites Therese inside a box. Here they paint their skin white, teach each other to fight, and try to figure out why it’s so difficult to say out loud “I am adopted!”

  • Program
  • Original title
    Fuckings adoptert
  • Director
    Nora Nivedita Tvedt
  • Photo
    Jan Bastian Marthinsen
  • Actors
    Therese Vikøren, Nora Nivedita Tvedt
  • Playtime
    22 min
  • Year
    2020
  • Country
    Norway

Hope

Anja is living with her cohabitant Tomas in a big family with their children and stepchildren. On the day before Christmas, Anja gets an incurable diagnosis. Alone in her grief and fear, Anja admits to the necessity of having Tomas’s full support and help. During the Christmas week, the couple are thrown into a crash course in mutual trust and a common fight to handle the unexpected diagnosis. Can they learn to love each other again through the crisis after a long life together?

Hope premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and got rave reviews from the international press. It has also received critical acclaim here in Norway. The film is based on the director’s own experiences.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Håp
  • Director
    Maria Sødahl
  • Producer
    Yngve Sæther
  • Writers
    Maria Sødahl
  • Photo
    Manuel Alberto Claro
  • Actors
    Andrea Bræin Hovig, Stellan Skarsgård
  • Playtime
    2 h 6 min
  • Year
    2019
  • Country
    Norway
  • Production
    Motlys
  • Distributor
    SF Norge

Made in Skene

When Johan’s dad passed away, he decided to move back into what himself describes as a junkyard accompanied by an overgrown jungle. His father, a peterpanian  herbalist who never grew up for the good & bad, and with an unhealthy relationship to alcohol, becomes more present as Johan walks pass the half dying plants inside the great greenhouse while talking about his dream this summer; To turn this pile of garbage into a festival dedicated to his father. As most things, it’s easier said than done, but with friends it’s at least a whole lot funnier than without.

Norwegian Couscous

Dounia is in love with Erik. He wants to take the step further in the relationship, and it’s time for Dounia to introduce her Norwegian boyfriend to her Muslim family. Can Dounia’s two worlds be united?

  • Program
  • Original title
    Norwegian Couscous
  • Director
    Mohamed Chakiri
  • Producer
    Ingvil Sæther Berger
  • Writers
    Rakel Kraft Biørnstad
  • Photo
    Kim-Andre Aspen
  • Actors
    Nedja Bouzaida, Fredrik Ditlev
  • Playtime
    19 min
  • Year
    2020
  • Country
    Norway

Papapa

In a near future, a young girl is meeting her donor-father for the first time. Together they go through experimental therapy exercises, in the hope of making their relation more than just a theory.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Papapa
  • Director
    Kerren Lumer-Klabbers
  • Producer
    Jeppe Wowk
  • Writers
    Emil Wahl
  • Photo
    Uffe Mulvad
  • Actors
    Anna Filippa Hjarne, Thure Lindhardt
  • Playtime
    22 min
  • Year
    2020
  • Country
    Norway

Please wait

The film opens a window into the lives of two brothers Peshawa and Komar, at the Drevsjø asylum center (Norway). Through an observational lens we will learn the dreams of the brothers. Furthermore, we get to know their hopes, which become a feeling of loss due to the uncertainty of their situation.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Vennligst vent
  • Director
    Hazhir Ibrahimi
  • Photo
    Uffe Mulvad
  • Actors
    Komar Shirepuor, Peshawa Shirepuor
  • Playtime
    18 min
  • Year
    2020
  • Country
    Norway

Proud

Rohat is a young hip-hop artist that is currently finalizing his first official album. His album is dedicated to his father that recently passed away. Rohat has many unanswered questions, both from himself and from his father. Rohat tries to process his loss through his music, and also to be honest about his own feelings.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Stolt
  • Director
    Martin Torvbråten
  • Photo
    Michael-Mark Lanham
  • Actors
    Rohat Yldiz Ciftci, Tristan Troy Rasay, Merdal Yldiz
  • Playtime
    25 min
  • Year
    2020
  • Country
    Norway

Proxima

The space film genre is so saturated with white (American) men that it’s refreshing to see a film like Proxima, where a mother-daughter relationship takes center stage. Director Alice Winocour has already received worldwide acclaim for her 2015 film Mustang, a coming-of-age drama about five Turkish sisters. In Proxima, Eva Green plays French astronaut Sarah, who lives alone with her eight-year-old daughter. When Sarah is chosen as the only woman in a grueling year-long space mission, it creates chaos between mother and daughter. Proxima explores both Sarah’s psychological pressure and her physical strain, and is a perfect mix of melodrama and documentary-like depiction of an astronaut’s life, epic in scope and interpersonal in its thematic exploration.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Proxima
  • Director
    Alice Winocour
  • Producer
    Isabelle Madelaine
  • Writers
    Alice Winocour, Jean-Stéphane Bron
  • Photo
    Georges Lechaptois
  • Actors
    Eva Green, Matt Dillon, Lars Eidinger
  • Playtime
    1 h 47 min
  • Year
    2019
  • Country
    France
  • Production
    Dharamsala, Darius Films, Pathé Films, Pandora Film Produktion
  • Distributor
    Storytelling

Rosanazi

A teenage girl and her band of misfits form a young group of neo-Nazis. The friends are like family. They live by their own rules and push the limits of morality, but eventually loyalty is put to the test.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Rosanazi
  • Director
    Sunniva Kveum
  • Producer
    Oda Kruse
  • Writers
    Solveig Stephens
  • Photo
    Jónína Guðbjartsdóttir
  • Actors
    Sofie Nilsask, Selma Wiking, Rasmus Savic
  • Playtime
    19 min
  • Year
    2020
  • Country
    Norway

The Crossing

December, 1942. Four children are on the run. Sarah and Daniel are jews about to be deported, but hide in the cellar of Otto and Gerda, until they are discovered and their parents are arrested. Otto and Gerda decide to help their new friends. Through snowy woods the four children escape from German soldiers. It’s a life or death attempt to get to faraway neutral Sweden. Luckily they meet good friends on the way. But who can they really trust?

We’ve told the stories, again and again, in films, books and papers, but always for adults. Finally we have a WW2 movie for the whole family. The Crossing is an exciting film about trust and friendship, about fear and the great bravery of small people.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Flukten over grensen
  • Director
    Johanne Helgeland
  • Producer
    Cornelia Boysen
  • Writers
    Maja Lunde
  • Photo
    John-Erling H. Fredriksen
  • Actors
    Anna Sofie Skarholt, Bo Lindquist-Ellingsen, Samson Steine, Bianca Ghilardi-Hellsten
  • Playtime
    1 h 36 min
  • Year
    2020
  • Country
    Norway
  • Production
    Maipo Film
  • Distributor
    Norsk Film Distribusjon

The Music Machine

27 year old Thea is in a psychiatric hospital. She can’t distinguish between reality and fantasy. She’s living out a nightmare, has lost herself and also her will to live.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Musikkmaskinen
  • Director
    Frida Feline Nilsen
  • Producer
    Frida Feline Nilsen og Michael Wallin
  • Playtime
    6 min
  • Country
    Norway

The Personal History of David Copperfield

The Personal History of David Copperfield puts a fresh, funny, and utterly charming spin on Charles Dickens’ classic, proving some stories truly are timeless. All his life, from birth to childhood, adolescence to adulthood, the kind-hearted David Copperfield is surrounded by friendship, evil, poverty and wealth, and meets a long list of outstanding characters in Victorian England. David wants to be a writer, and it turns out his search for family, friends, romance and status is the most captivating story of all. Director Armando Iannucci, the master of satire, has made films like The Death of Stalin and the series Veep, and this film keeps the distinctive humor he is known for, with an added layer of warmth.

  • Program
  • Original title
    The Personal History of David Copperfield
  • Director
    Armando Iannucci
  • Producer
    Armando Iannucci, Kevin Loader
  • Writers
    Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci
  • Photo
    Zac Nicholson
  • Actors
    Dev Patel, Tilda Swinton, Hugh Laurie, Ben Wishshaw, Gwendoline Christie
  • Playtime
    1 h 59 min
  • Year
    2020
  • Country
    England, USA
  • Production
    FilmNation Entertainment, Film4, Wishmore Entertainment
  • Distributor
    Norsk Filmdistribusjon

The Self Portrait

This film is a portrait of an artist and a portrait of a mortal disease. Lene Marie Fossen was known as a world-class photographer who suffered from anorexia. She’s had a unique project: to expose the illness, put all its horrors on display. Expose the shame, confront the illness, break its rules to survive. Her photography art is naked and honest. Through Lene Marie’s photos, we get a unique perception of what it is like to live with the disease. Her images are an important part of the film, they’re heading out into the world, famous galleries want to exhibit them. Lene Marie always had an internal glow from which she creates, no matter the adversity. That changed in the last year. She died on October 22nd, after seeing the finished film. Along with her parents, she decided that the film should be released as planned, it was important to Lene Marie that her story could mean something for others.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Selvportrett
  • Director
    Margreth Olin, Katja Høgset, Espen Wallin
  • Producer
    Margreth Olin
  • Writers
    Margreth Olin, Katja Høgset, Espen Wallin
  • Photo
    Øystein Mamen
  • Actors
    Lene Marie Fossen
  • Playtime
    1 h 20 min
  • Year
    2020
  • Country
    Norway
  • Production
    Speranza Film
  • Distributor
    Norsk Film Distribusjon

Thea & Tuva

Sisters Thea (14) and Tuva (12) spend the days downtown to get away from their alcoholic mother. They spot a five-year-old girl alone in the mall, and take her with them. What begins as playful fun, quickly turns dangerous for all three of them.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Thea & Tuva
  • Director
    Kristian B. Walters
  • Producer
    Vinterfilm AS and The Walters Production
  • Playtime
    21 min
  • Country
    Norway

Trick or Treat

When her sister sneaks off to a Halloween party without permission, Magda is left outside alone and has an unpleasant meeting with some girls from school. During the night she meets Nils Olav and they hit it off. Eventually, Magda finds the confidence to ignore the mean girls.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Knask eller knep
  • Director
    Morten Evelid
  • Producer
    DUOfilm AS
  • Playtime
    16 min
  • Country
    Norway

Two of Us

Nina and Madeleine are neighbors, but they are also passionate lovers. Nina has always lived alone, while Madeleine has two children and grandchildren. Her husband has passed away. Now she can finally live her life to the fullest. But only almost. She has not yet told her family that she is in love with another woman.

Passion and love are not reserved for young people. The heart does not stop beating violently when you meet the right one, even though your age says that you have reached your autumn years. We all grow older, but we refuse to grow old.

In the roles of Nina and Madeleine, we meet two of Europe’s leading actresses. Nina is played by German Barbara Sukowa who is known from films by Fassbinder, Schlöndorff and von Trotta (Hannah Arendt). Martine Chevallier, one of France’s finest performing artists, excels in the role of Madeleine. Their interaction is sparking and wonderful.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Deux
  • Director
    Filippo Meneghetti
  • Producer
    Laurent Baujard, Pierre-Emmanuel
  • Writers
    Filippo Meneghetti
  • Photo
    Aurélien Marra
  • Actors
    Barbara Sukowa, Martine Chevallier, Léa Drucker, Jérôme Varanfrain
  • Playtime
    1 h. 35 min.
  • Year
    2019
  • Country
    France
  • Age limit
    9 years
  • Production
    Paprika Films
  • Distributor
    Arthaus

Undine

Undine lectures about city planning in Berlin. She lives in a small apartment by Alexanderplatz, has a master’s degree in history and works as a freelancer. But behind the facade of a modern life, an old myth is hiding: If the man Undine loves betrays her, she must kill him and return to the sea. So when her boyfriend Johannes leaves Undine for someone else, she doesn’t have much choice – until diver Christoph suddenly shows up. The two of them fall happily and innocently in love, but can Undine escape from the myth? Christian Petzold won the award for Best Director during the 2012 Berlinale for Barbara, and since then he has given us the brilliant Phoenix and Transit. For Undine, lead actress Paula Beer won the Best Actress award in Berlin.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Undine
  • Director
    Christian Petzold
  • Producer
    Florian Koerner von Gustorf, Michael Weber
  • Writers
    Christian Petzold
  • Photo
    Hans Fromm
  • Actors
    Paula Beer, Franz Rogowski, Gloria Endres de Oliveira, Jacob Matschenz
  • Playtime
    1 h 30 min
  • Year
    2020
  • Country
    Germany
  • Production
    Schramm Film
  • Distributor
    Arthaus

When ordinary life shackles me

Dream and realism appear in a sensuous film about a young woman who’s searching for her own nature. A desire to find freedom, far away from the ordinary life.

  • Program
  • Original title
    When ordinary life shackles me
  • Director
    Andrea Tank-Nielsen
  • Photo
    Josefine Lundberg
  • Actors
    Bjørn Andreas Bull-Hansen, Andrea Tank-Nielsen
  • Playtime
    17 min
  • Year
    2020
  • Country
    Norway

Wildland

17-year-old Ida suddenly becomes orphaned when her mother dies in a car accident. Reluctantly, she moves in with her Aunt Bodil, who lives with her sons. Ida is warmly welcomed by the small family – where the matriarch Bodil manages both the house and their criminal activities with a tough and stern hand. In the beginning, Ida experiences her family as inclusive and exciting, and is unwillingly drawn ever deeper into the underworld until one day it goes too far.

Sidse Babett Knudsen shines in the role as a heartfelt and brutal matriarch, in this hard-boiled thriller that is a debut of the talented Jeanette Nordahl.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Kød & blod
  • Director
    Jeanette Nordahl
  • Producer
    Eva Jakobsen, Mikkel Jersin, Katrin Pors
  • Writers
    Ingeborg Topsøe
  • Photo
    David Gallego
  • Actors
    Sandra Guldberg Kampp, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Joachim Fjelstrup, Elliot Crosset Hove, Besir Zeciri
  • Playtime
    1 t 29 min
  • Year
    2020
  • Country
    Denmark
  • Age limit
    15 years
  • Production
    Snowglobe
  • Distributor
    Mer Film

You are not alone

Gertrud and her friends have always had a good time together through the years. But as her husband’s illness gets worse, and she finds herself on the edge of losing her job, her friends plan to put a smile on her face again.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Vi er her
  • Director
    Anna Elisa Martensen
  • Photo
    Kim-André Aspen, Jónína Gudbjártsdottír
  • Actors
    Margrethe Martensen, Anne-Li Engström, Efie Beydin, Gertrud With
  • Playtime
    24 min
  • Year
    2020
  • Country
    Norway