As I Fall

Joachim is 28 years old. His charming smile veils the daily battle he fights within himself as he struggles to manage a heroin addiction. He smokes everyday and tries to quit almost every other. He hates the drug and the control it has over him, but it removes his pain. His loneliness. After years locked in a cycle of abuse, Joachim is on the verge of a breakdown. He gets an unexpected call from his ex-girlfriend, Maria. She’s been arrested and is worried about their 5-year-old son, Lukas. Joachim hasn’t seen Lukas since he was born, and she begs Joachim to take care of Lukas until she’s released. Without much of a choice and thinking it will only be for a few hours, Joachim agrees. To his own surprise Joachim wants to keep Lukas. He wants a reason to be the person he thinks he is – a responsible man. A sober man. A father.

A gripping drama and a impressive production from the Norway’s leading film school, As I Fall had the honour of closing the 2018 festival.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Når jeg faller
  • Director
    Magnus Meyer Arnesen
  • Producer
    Gyda Velvin Myklebust, Magnus Kristiansen
  • Writers
    Magnus Meyer Arnesen, Kristian Landmark
  • Photo
    Ivar Taim
  • Actors
    Preben Hodneland, Marius Aandal Pedersen, Alexandra Gjerpen, Vidar Sandem, Morten Svartveit
  • Playtime
    1 h 37 min
  • Year
  • Country
  • Age limit
  • Production
    The Norwegian Film School
  • Distributor
    SF Studios Norway