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Technician blaster Johan Grande is a loner living in the small town of Titran, on the windswept ridgeline of Trøndelag. A town which has never fully accepted the Grande family as its own. Johan shares his family farm with the wild horse Ella and a whole lot of dynamite. Johan loves Ella and massive explosions, but not much else. Except for Solvor, the girl next door. The love of his life. And the one he accidentally blew up a bit during his younger days.  Everybody Hates Johan is a comedy about Johan Grande's adventurous life, and his long-lasting battle to win over the love of his life.

The director about his film:

Everybody Hates Johan is a story I have wanted to tell for a long time. It is personal and inspired by characters I know from growing up by the fjords and mountains of rural Norway. I grew up with more moose and badgers than people, in a place where everybody knows each other and where there are ancient conflicts between people that have been inherited through generations, with no one left knowing how it all began. Where I come from, there are characters who ride mopeds with moonshine in their tank, build homes without blueprints and chop down each other's trees when the conflict with their neighbor peaks. But it is also a place where people unwittingly shovel snow for each other, take care of those who are old and disabled, and always volunteers for community projects. I have taken this culture and its characters into the film's universe, and I believe Everybody Hates Johan mirrors a small town in Trøndelag county, as well as being globally recognizable.
My ambition is to tell something universal and epic, and yet intimate at the same time. And I feel Everybody Hates Johan does just that. It has been my desire to tell a comical story about being rejected and alone with a character whose impressive engagement to the ones he loves is unlimited.
Everybody Hates Johan comes from the heart and hopes to entertain as well as engage the audience emotionally.

Production and distribution

Production Year:
2022
Production country:
Norway
Release date (national):
2022-03-25
Production company:
Nordisk Film Production AS
Co production company:
Film in Norway
Financing company:
Norwegian Film Institute
Filminvest AS
Executive producer:
Aage Aaberge
Henrik Zein
Sveinung Golimo
Producer:
Elisabeth Kvithyll
Line producer:
Joachim Lyng
Co producer:
Joachim Lyng
Film consultant:
Ståle Stein Berg
Sales agent:
TrustNordisk ApS

Director

  • Hallvar Witzø

    Hallvar Witzø (b.1984) has a degree in directing from The Norwegian Film School. He won the Student Academy Award for best foreign film with Tuba Atlantic, and received a Palm d'Or nomination for the short film, Yes We Love, at Cannes Film Festival 2014. 

    Everybody Hates Johan is his feature debut.

    Filmography
    2014 Yes We Love, fiction, 15 min
    2010 Tuba Atlantic, fiction, 25 min,
    2009 Remi, fiction, 12 min,
    2009 Svigertur, fiction, 11 min,
    2008 Kosmonaut, fiction, 6 min,
    2008 Svenske epler, fiction, 10 min

    Hallvar Witzø

Cast

Johan:
Pål Sverre Hagen
Solvor:
Ingrid Bolsø Berdal

Awards

2022:
Leiden International Film Festival
Best First Feature Award

Festivals

2022:
Seattle International Film Festival
2022:
Minneapolis - St. Paul International Film Festival
2022:
Blue Mountain Film Festival
2022:
International Filmfest Emden-Norderney
2022:
Nordic Film Days Lübeck
2022:
Leiden International Film Festival

Crew

Director:
Hallvar Witzø
Screenplay:
Erlend Loe
Cinematographer:
Karl Erik Brøndbo
Editor:
Trude Lirhus
Composer:
Jørund Fluge Samuelsen
ProductionDesigner:
Åsa Nilsson
Casting:
Hanna Kavli Lund
Sound Design:
Nils Viken

Technical information

Genre:
Comedy
Format:
DCP 2k
Screen ratio:
1:2,35
Colour:
Colour
Sound format:
Stereo 7.1
Length in min's:
93'
Language:
Norwegian
Subtitles:
English

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