Beware of Children

When a crisis strikes, we reveal our true colours.

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

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

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

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 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