Happy, Happy (Sykt lykkelig)

A comedy about infidelity, moose meat, white and coal-black lies, blowjobs and cottage cheese.

Family is the most important thing in the world to Kaja. She is an eternal optimist in spite of living with a man who would rather go hunting with the boys, and who refuses to have sex with her because she "isn't particularly attractive" anymore. Whatever. That's life. But when "the perfect couple" moves in next door, Kaja struggles to keep her emotions in check. Not only do these successful, beautiful, exciting people sing in a choir; they have also adopted a child – from Ethiopia! These new neighbors open a new world to Kaja, with consequences for everyone involved. And when Christmas comes around, it becomes evident that nothing will ever be like before – even if Kaja tries her very best.

Production and distribution

Production Year
2010
Country of origin
Norway
Release date (national)
2010-11-05
Production Company
Maipo Film AS
Mølleparken 4
N-0459 Oslo
Producer
Synnøve Hørsdal
Festival Contact
NFI Features
International sales
TrustNordisk ApS

Crew

Director
Anne Sewitsky
Manuskript
Ragnhild Tronvoll
D.O.P.
Anna Myking
Editor
Christoffer Heie
Production Designer
Camilla Lindbråten
Sound Designer
Gunn Tove Grønsberg

Technical information

Sjanger
Drama
Comedy
Format
35mm
Shooting format
16mm
Bildeformat
1:1,85
Farge
NOT TRANSLATED: filmdb.colorsystem.color
Lydsystem
Dolby SRD
Length in min's
89'

Director

Anne Sewitsky

Anne Sewitsky (b. 1978) studied directing at the Norwegian Film School, graduating in 2006 with the short Hjertekutt as her diploma film. Her first film after graduating, the short Oh, My God! was given special mention by the childrens jury, and awarded the Special Prize of the Deutsches Kinderhilfswerkin in the Generation Kplus programme of the 2009 Berlin International Film Festival.Her feature film debut came in 2010 with the comedy Sykt Lykkelig (Happy, happy), which was awarded the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival in january 2011. Her second feature film followed shortly: The childrens drama Jørgen + Anne = sant (Totally True Love) premiered at the 2011 Berlin International Film Festival, opening the Generation Kplus programme that year, with a great reception. The film was also a winner with norwegian critics and audiences alike.Sewitsky has also worked in television, directing four episodes of the popular dramaseries Himmelblå for the Norwegian Broadcasting Company NRK in 2008, as well as four episodes of Koselig med peis, an 8 episode dramaseries produced by Tordenfilm AS, and aired by NRK in early 2011. Filmography: Totally True Love (Jørgen + Anne = sant) (2011), feature Koselig med peis (2011), television series Happy Happy (Sykt lykkelig) (2010), feature Himmelblå (2008), television series Oh, My God! (2008), short Hjerteklipp (2006), short (graduation-film NFS)

Cast

Kaja
Agnes Kittelsen
Sigve
Henrik Rafaelsen
Eirik
Joachim Rafaelsen
Elisabeth
Maibritt Saerens

Visning på festivaler

2011
Sundance Film Festival
2011
Göteborg International Film Festival
2011
New Directors/New Films
2011
Filmfest DC, Washington DC
2011
Minneapolis - St. Paul International Film Festival
2011
Cinénygma Luxembourg International Film Festival
2011
Seattle International Film Festival
2011
Transilvania International Film Festival
2011
Sydney Film Festival
2011
Festival du Film de Cabour
2011
Annual Provincetown International Film Festival
2011
Brussels Film Festival
2011
Jerusalem International Film Festival
2011
L' Isola del Cinema, Rome
2011
Guanajuato International Film Festival
2011
Transatlantyk Poznan International Film and Music Festival
2011
Espoo Ciné International Film Festival
2011
Athens International Film Festival
2011
Zurich Film Festival
2011
Festival do Rio - Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival
2011
Tallgrass Film Festival, Wichita
2011
Molodist - Kiev International Film Festival
2011
Calgary International Film Festival
2011
Leiden International Film Festival
2011
Canberra International Film Festival
2011
Vancouver International Film Festival
2011
Nordic Film Days Lübeck
2011
Brisbane International Film Festival
2011
Seville European Film Festival
2011
European Film Forum Scanorama
2011
BOFA Breath of Fresh Air Film Festival
2011
Travelling Film Festival Sydney
2011
Havana International Film Festival
2012
Sedona International Film Festival
2012
Pantalla Pinamar
2012
Sofia International Film Festival
2012
Grenzland Filmtage Selb
2012
Norwegian Film Week, Moscow
2013
Nordic Film Week in Vienna

Prizes

2011
Sundance Film Festival: World Cinema Grand Jury Award
2011
Festival du Film de Cabour: Jury Special Mention
2011
Brussels Film Festival: Best Screenplay
2011
Zurich Film Festival: Film Critics Award
2012
Sedona International Film Festival: Best Foregin Film - Directors' Choice