Ebba (15) is a loner; she is jealous of her big sister who has Downs syndrome and is very popular.  

Ebba is fifteen, has social anxiety and no friends. Her big sister Andrea has Downs syndrome, is super popular and has lots of friends. Today Andrea is going to a party with her friends. Even though Ebba is jealous, she joins her big sister and her friends. Soon Ebba begins to compete with her big sister.  

Production and distribution

Production Year:
2019
Production country:
Norway
Release date (national):
2019-06-06
Production company:
Barbosa Film AS
Financing company:
FilmLab
Producer:
Nina Maria Barbosa Blad

Director

  • Johanna Pyykkö

     Johanna Pyykkö has a bachelor’s degree in film directing from The Norwegian Film School (2016) and has made several award-winning shorts. Her latest short The Manila Lover has been selected for the short film competition of the 58th Semaine de la Critique during Cannes Film Festival (2019). She's also been Joachim Trier's director's assistant on his latest feature Thelma and been in writers’ rooms and worked as episode-writer for several Nordic drama series. One of them being the second season of critically acclaimed tv-series Heimebane (Home Ground - screened at Berlinale TV-series, the Norwegian public broadcaster NRK and other Nordic and European channels).  

    Johanna Pyykkö has a Swedish-Finnish background (a mainly working-class Finnish speaking minority group in Sweden) and now lives and works in Norway. 

    Her films are often about identity, belonging/alienation, gender and power. She's now developing four features and a tv-series and has received development funding from The Norwegian Film Institute – New Paths’ scholarships for three of her projects: the sci-fi-drama series Year 2098 (to be produced by Nordisk Film Production) and for the features Ebba & The Lover (to be produced by Ape&Bjørn) and Mirrors On Evy. The feature Ebba & The Lover has also received screen development funding from The Norwegian Film Institute and the feature got an Honorable Mention at the Scandinavian Debut pitch competition at The Norwegian International Film Festival in Haugesund in 2017. Ebba & The Lover has also been chosen for the Focus Pro’ pitch during Cannes Film Festival. Her feature, The Swedish-Finn, is in development with the Sweden-based production company Verket Produktion.  

    At the Göteborg International Film Festival 2017, Johanna Pyykkö was awarded the Bonnie Scholarship Dragon Award - presented to a filmmaker who has made a special effort. The same year, she was chosen for the FilmLab Norway-program and in 2018, she was selected to participate in the Nordic Film Lab held by the film institutes of Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland together with Göteborg International Film Festival. In 2018 she was also chosen for the development program UP arranged by Talent Norge and The Norwegian Film Institute. This year Johanna Pyykkö received The Norwegian Art Council’s one-year filmmaker’s grant and she will take part in Semaine de la Critique’s and Cannes Film Festival’s Next step feature film lab.  

    Johanna Pyykkö

Cast

Ebba:
Johanna Garcia Vevelstad
Andrea:
Maya Amina Moustache Thuv
Veronika:
Veronika Sundin Johansen
Malin :
Malin Kathrine Eggum
Ann-Helen:
Annhelen Rydland
Peder:
Peder Fjeld
Martin :
Martin Qamar

Crew

Director:
Johanna Pyykkö
Screenplay:
Jørgen Færøy Flasnes
Johanna Pyykkö
Camera:
Mattias Pollak
Editor:
Johanna Pyykkö
Thomas Grotmol
Composer:
Jens Fougner
ProductionDesigner:
Ruxandra Stroe
Set Decorator:
Ruxandra Stroe
Prop Master:
Ruxandra Stroe
Costume Designer:
Johanna Pyykkö
Fanny Ovesen
Makeup artist:
Fanny Ovesen
Sound Design:
Johan Rasmus Pram
Sound engineer:
Eirik Linde
Sound Recording:
Eirik Linde
Yvonne Stenberg
Gjermund Skog
First assistant director:
Dag André Koteng
Renée Hansen Mlodyszewski
Casting:
Liv Mari Mortensen
Fanny Ovesen
Johanna Pyykkö

Technical information

Genre:
Drama
Youth
Format:
DCP 2k
Screen ratio:
1:1,37
Colour:
Colour
Sound format:
Stereo 5.1
Length in mins:
15'
Language:
Norwegian
Subtitles:
English

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