It’s Only Make Believe (Eventyrland)

After serving 10 years in prison for murder, Jenny returns to society. She wants to live a quiet life and resume her responsibilities as a mother, but soon shadows from the past start to appear. Its Only Make Believe is a warm tale of love and longing, and a stunning return to form for Arild Ostin Ommundsen, director of "Monsterthursday"

During a burglary Jenny tells her boyfriend Frank that she is pregnant. Frank proposes to her on the spot. The burglary goes down badly: instead of a small bag of marijuana they were looking for, they find several kilos of heroin. In the gunfight that ensues, Jenny shoots two people. One of them is Frank.

Many years later, Jenny is released from prison. Her daughter Merete has lived with foster parents all her life and is now 9 years old and. Jenny and Merete resume contact.

Jenny wants her daughter back. Although the foster parents and child welfare serivices do not agree, she cant let of the idea. She starts renovating her apartment so Merete can visit.

It turns out that her apartment is riddled with old debt, and she cannot afford the payments. She visits Frank, who is a vegetable and lives in a nursing home.

Tonder, the gangster who owned the heroin, has got wind that Jenny is out of jail. He figures Jenny owes him, so he forces her to start selling drugs for him, starting off with a suitcase full of GHB. She looks up an old friend who she thinks might be able to help her unload the drugs, but he ends up knocking her out and stealing them.

Jenny does not have the money to pay Tonder and he starts threatening her. When she did not respond, he switches to Merete. This drives Jenny over the edge, and she confronts Tonder, knowing that it can crush her dream of reuniting her family.

Production and distribution

Production Year
2013
Country of origin
Norway
Release date (national)
2013-03-22
Release date (international)
2013-08-22
Production Company
Chezville AS
Pedersgata 110
4014 Stavanger
Producer
Gary Cranner
Festival Contact
NFI Features
International sales
Princ Films

Crew

Director
Arild Østin Ommundsen
Manuskript
Arild Østin Ommundsen
D.O.P.
Arild Østin Ommundsen
Editor
Arild Østin Ommundsen
Composer
Thomas Dybdahl

Technical information

Sjanger
Drama
Format
DCP 2k
Farge
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Lydsystem
Stereo 5.1
Length in min's
91'
Language
Norwegian
Subtitles
English

Director

Aril Østin ommundsen

Arild Østin Ommundsen

Arild Østin Ommundsen (b. 1969) studied directing at the University College in Stavanger. After making short films in the last half of the 1990s – amongst others Before Sunrise, for which he won the Golden Chair award at the Grimstad Short Film Festival in 1999 - he made his debut as a feature film director with the indipendent hit Mongoland in 2001, a film he also co-wrote. The low-budget indie comedy was a hit with critics and audiences alike, and won the honorary award The Golden Clapper of the National Film Award Amanda Committee in 2001.

His second feature film, Monsterthursday, was selected as the first Norwegian film ever to participate in a competition at the Sundance Film Festival. It won the Audience Award at the Mannheim International Film Festival, and has been screened at numerous festivals around the world.

Østin Ommundsen has since then directed his third feature, Rat Nights, in 2009 (a thriller from the Norwegian oil industry), as well as made several short films, commercials and music videos, before taking on new challenges in directing a childrens film; the third and final installment of the Twigson-trilogy – one of the most successful movie franchises in Norwegian cinema history – premiering fall 2011.

Cast

Jenny
Silje Salomonsen
Ådne
Vegar Hoel
Frank
Fredrik S. Hana

Visning på festivaler

2013
Montreal World Film Festival
2013
Molodist - Kiev International Film Festival
2013
International Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelberg
2014
Scandinavia House, New York
2014
Cinequest Film Festival
2014
Cleveland International Film Festival
2014
Febiofest - International Film Festival Prague
2014
Seattle International Film Festival
2014
Phoenix International Filmfestival
2014
Beijing International Film Festival
2014
Festroia International Film Festival
2014
The Northern Film Festival
2014
Camerimage
2015
Scandinavian Film Festival Los Angeles