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A film about four young women who all survived the terrorist attack on Utøya in 2011, and who in their own way have chosen to stand up and fight on for the values they believe in. They were either mortally wounded, or they saw their boyfriends and friends being executed by the terrorist. Many of them struggle with post-traumatic stress and anxiety today, but they have chosen to confront the fear and face the hatred with a strong commitment to politics and volunteer work.  

Production and distribution

Production Year:
2021
Production country:
Norway
Release date (national):
2021-04-15
Production company:
Fenris Film AS
Co production company:
Motlys A/S
Financing company:
Norwegian Film Institute
Nordisk Film & TV Fond
Fritt Ord Foundation
Fond for lyd og bilde
Producer:
Tore Buvarp
Co producer:
Sigve Endresen
Sales agent:
Java Films

Director

  • Aslaug Holm

     Aslaug Holm (b. 1965), director and cinematographer recognized for her distinctive, personal style. 

    Cinematographer and editor of one of the most successful and acclaimed documentaries ever to be theatrically released in Norway, Cool & Crazy (2001). 

    She also directed The Rich Country (2006), following Jens Stoltenberg in the time leading up to him being elected Prime Minister in September of 2005. The film was awarded the FIPRESCI-award at the Tromsø International Film Festival (TIFF), where it also had its premiere. 

    Her most notable film is Brothers (2015). The film premiered at CPH:DOX, and received the Best International Feature Documentary Award at Hot Docs in 2016. The same year she also received the National Film Award Amanda for Best Director.  

    Aslaug Holm
  • Sigve Endresen

    Sigve Endresen (b. 1953) has enjoyed a long and distinguished career as a screenwriter, director and producer of both documentary and fiction feature films. He made his directorial debut with the short film Kølabu in 1978, and directed several others before what was arguably his big breakthrough as a director; the feature length documentary For your Life in 1989. The film was a success both critically and commercially, and received the Norwegian National Film Award Amanda in three categories: Best Picture, Best Documentary and the professionals award for Best Editing. For your Life, together with the films Big Boys Don’t Cry (1995) and Living Amongst Lions (1998) - also award-winning films - marked Endresen as one of Norway's leading and most respected documentarists during the nineties.

    Endresen has, however, also made his mark in fiction film. In 1983 he co-founded the production company Motlys with partners Hallgrim Ødegård and Aage Aaberge, and produced and directed several short (and medium length) fiction films, in addition to the company's documentary output. Endresen made his first full length feature, The Changelings, in 1991, and since the late nineties feature films has been a central part of Motlys' production. This has also led to Endresen serving as producer on such award-winning feature films as Dragonflies (2001), Comrade Pedersen (2006), North (2009), Turn me on, Goddammit! (2011) and Oslo, August 31st (2011).

    In 1998 Sigve Endresen also received the highest accolade Norway can bestow on a filmmaker; the Aamot statuette.

    Sigve Endresen

Awards

2021:
Human International Documentary Film Festival
Human Award for Best Norwegian Documentary
2021:
Nominated for the National Film Award Amanda for Best Film
Nominated for the National Film Award Amanda for Best Documentary
National Film Award Amanda - The Peoples Choice Amanda

Festivals

2021:
Human International Documentary Film Festival
2021:
Kosmorama Trondheim International Film Festival
2021:
Kristiansand International Children and Youth Film Festival
2021:
Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival
2021:
Krakow Film Festival
2021:
Biografilm Festival

Crew

Director:
Aslaug Holm
Sigve Endresen
Cinematographer:
Aslaug Holm
Screenplay:
Sigve Endresen
Aslaug Holm
Editor:
Lisa Ekberg
Aslaug Holm
Composer:
Ola Fløttum
Other Music:
Therese Aune
Renate Tårnes
Sound Design:
Bård Farbu
VFX artist:
Dylan Hopkin

Technical information

Format:
DCP 4k
Screen ratio:
16:9
Colour:
Colour
Length in mins:
100'
Language:
Norwegian
Subtitles:
English

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