Fuad (aka Food) just turned 16, the age where nothing matters more to him than his friends. Growing up together in the run-down housing development of southern Ryd, they know that the number one rule between buddies is loyalty. But when Fuad breaks this rule he suddenly finds himself alienated by those he holds most dear. Desperate and alone, he is willing to do anything to be accepted back.His mates suggest that he do some “Hercules shit”, a series of 12 dares to prove his loyalty to the gang. But unlike the heroic deeds given to Hercules by the Greek gods, Fuad´s challenges have him robbing houses, stealing cars and fighting the meanest local thug. As he blindly embarks on these 12 “misdeeds”, he is slowly lead down a path that takes him farther and farther away from the things that end up mattering most; his family, his real friends and the girl he loves.
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Izer Aliu (b. 1982) is an Albanian, born in Macedonia and grew up in Sweden, and is a Norwegian citizen. His childhood and adolescence primarily took place in Norway and Sweden. Since the graduated from the Norwegian Film School at Lillehammer in 2012, he has made films in various places in the world, but the base has always been in Oslo. His exam-film "To Guard a Mountain" dubbed him one of ten Nordic directors to watch. He has been nominated for the Student Academy Award and won several high-end, both national and international awards. Following his graduation he set out to make his first feature "Hunting Flies" in Macedonia, and the short "The Good Life - Over There" set in the cityscape of Oslo.
Hunting Flies (2016) is a low budget feature film which he made on his own initiative, a spontaneous project which taught him a whole lot about how things function when you finally have a film on your hands. He still believe in the importance of retaining a bit of that naivety when making films, as reality is somehow interesting. The next feature film, 12 Dares (12 bragder/2017) is a co-production between Sweden and Norway.
"My film education has meant so much to me! I learned a lot about myself at school. About things I already believed in, but I also developed things I did not believe in. I am grateful towards the teachers, who made me realize things I cannot imagine living without today. I have met people whom I have developed close ties to, and who in some way or other are always involved in the films I make. Regarding my international ambitions: I have great ambitions, mostly because film is a universal language, with regional limitations. I think that as long as you are locally based, but express yourself globally, it makes it easy for everyone to gain insight in what being a human really entails. Although we are bound by limitations, our films are not. "
Interview in Screen Daily, Sept 2016: http://www.screendaily.com/news/hunting-flies-director-plots-three-more-projects/5109284.article
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