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HIM follows a day in the life of three men of different ages in Oslo as they deal with the emotional and social fallout of situations which trigger their own humiliation, anger, and disappointment. Harald (Frank Werner Laug), a young schoolboy, faces the frustration of being misunderstood by his classmates and reprimanded by his teacher; unemployed Eirik (Emil Johnsen) is left alone and distressed when he is denied more help from the unemployment agency; while screenwriter Petter’s (Johannes Joner) passion project loses funding in favor of a female screenwriter’s project.  

HIM follows a day in the life of three male characters in Oslo as they deal with the emotional fallout of situations which leave them deeply embarrassed and distressed. Harald, a young schoolboy, faces the frustration of being misunderstood by his classmates and reprimanded by his teacher; unemployed Eirik is left alone and distressed when he is denied more help from the unemployment agency; while screenwriter Petter is blindsided when his passion project loses funding in favor of a female screenwriter’s project.   Feeling attacked, alienated, and unbearably alone, the mental battle has just begun. How much of the pressure can these guys handle - or will they crack? HIM combines nuanced tragedy with grounded comedic wit in its sobering exploration of humiliation, exclusion, and the male role in contemporary society.  

HIM is an indie film in the sense that it is made on the initiative of the filmmaker with relatively little funds, manpower, and shooting days. Guro Bruusgaard started writing the screenplay several years ago together with co-author and sparring partner Fijona Jonuzi. After founding her own production company together with fellow filmmakers Mariken Halle, Magnus Mork, and Katja Eyde Jacobsen - Alternativet Produksjon AS - Bruusgaard started the production of HIM. The film has since received development and production support from the Norwegian Film Institute and won the Eurimages Project Lab award in 2019 that contributed to the post-production. The film was shot on location in Oslo, Norway. The cast is dominated by a large ensemble of established actors from the National Theatre and other major scenes including the diversity-focused theatre school Nordic Black Xpress in Oslo. Key functions are held by the director of photography Marte Vold, editor Astrid Skumsrud Johansen, sound designer Gunn- Tove Grønsberg, and composer Erik Hedin.  

Production and distribution

Production Year:
2021
Production country:
Norway
Release date (national):
2021-06-04
Release date (international):
2021-02-01
Production company:
Alternativet AS
Producer:
Magnus Mork
Mariken Halle
Katja Eyde Jacobsen
Guro Bruusgaard

Director

  • Guro Bruusgaard

    Guro Bruusgaard (b. 1977) graduated from the School of Film Directing at Göteborg University, Sweden, in 2007. She has also studied at the Nordland College of Art and Film and at the University of Oslo. Her previous short films include Sunday (2008) and Alle ting forsvinner #1 (2004).

    Guro Bruusgaard

Cast

Petter:
Johannes Joner
Harald :
Frank Werner Laug
Eirik:
Emil Johnsen
Harald’s mother :
Laila Goody
Teacher:
Marte Magnusdotter Solem
Janne:
Ylva Gallon
Tone:
Gisken Armand
Erling:
Per Gørvell
Gudrun:
Liv Bernhoft Osa
NAV Motivator :
Leif Edlund
Harald's father :
Ole Johan Skjelbred
Harald's stepmother :
Mariken Halle
Girl at metro 1 :
Georgia May Anta
Girl at metro 2 :
Jenny Mueni
Eiriks mother :
Sigrid Huun
Street artist :
Kaleb Haile
Producer:
Vegar Hoel
Colleague:
Tone Mostraum
NAV Consultant :
Thyri Bergljot Dale
Journalist:
Gunhild Enger
Police officer :
Amina Mohamud
NAV participant :
Anne Kristoffersen
Bar girl :
Caroline Lillås
Photographer:
Janne Lindgren

Awards

2021:
Baltic Debut's Film Festival, Svetlogorsk
Best Director

Festivals

2021:
TIFF - Tromsø International Film Festival
2021:
Moscow International Film Festival
2021:
Baltic Debut's Film Festival, Svetlogorsk

Crew

Director:
Guro Bruusgaard
Screenplay:
Guro Bruusgaard
Fijona Jonuzi
Cinematographer:
Marte Vold
Camera:
Johan Kurne
Costume Designer:
Ane Aasheim
Prop Master:
Marin Håskjold
Casting:
Celine Engebrigtsen
Editor:
Astrid Skumsrud Johansen
Composer:
Erik Hedin
Sound Design:
Gunn-Tove Grønsberg

Technical information

Genre:
Drama
Format:
DCP 2k
Length in mins:
85'
Language:
Norwegian
Subtitles:
English

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