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The politician Trond Giske was for many years the “crown prince” of the Norwegian Labour Party. But when his party loses popularity and the #MeToo movement raises awareness about sexual harassment, the tide turns for the once-so-popular Giske. Long-standing rumours of inappropriate behavior towards young party members is thrown into sharp relief when a number of women accuse him in public of sexual assault. The flood of media attention, leaked videos and testimonials, and the ensuing political power struggle, bring about his downfall.
 

But Giske, now in his fifties, is not prepared to give up: he travels the country in a self-refurbished caravan painted red to convince his voters that he deserves a second chance. Filmmaker Håvard Bustnes follows him in this tour, while at the same time interviewing politicians and journalists who look back on the political drama – making quite a contrast with Giske calmly discussing his political objectives with his supporters in his caravan. Meanwhile, Bustnes wrestles to understand how he himself has become an object of Giske’s game of power and seduced into this political world of grooming, gaslighting and manipulation  

Production and distribution

Production Year:
2021
Production country:
Norway
Release date (national):
2022-03-11
Release date (international):
2021-11-21
Production company:
Up North Film AS
Financing company:
Norwegian Film Institute
Filminvest AS
Midtnorsk filmsenter
Fond for lyd og bilde
Fritt Ord Foundation
Producer:
Ingrid Aune Falch
Christian Aune Falch
Håvard Bustnes
Film consultant:
Klara Nilsson Grunning

Director

  • Håvard Bustnes

     Director Håvard Bustnes (b. 1973) is a multi award winning director and producer. He holds a degree in Directing for Television from the College of Film and TV at Lillehammer, and is one of the funding partners of UpNorth Film AS. His latest film Golden Dawn Girls premiered in the IDFA Competition for Feature-Length Documentary in November 2017, has been selected to more than 50 film festivals, and won the Human International Documentary Film Festival, One World Brussels and Nordic/ Docs. Earlier films includes Two Raging Grannies, Health Factory and Big John that have traveled around the world on cinema, TV and in the festival circuit. The feature documentary «Big John» won the prestigious national Academy Awards Amanda as best theatrical documentary film. It was also awarded the Best Nordic Documentary Prize at Nordic Panorama. His films has been selected to more than 100 festivals all over the world, had theatrical release in Norway, Denmark, Spain, Japan, Taiwan and South Korea, and broadcast on ZDF (Germany), Arte (France), DR (Denmark), NRK (Norway), VPRO (Netherland), Chanel 8 (Israel), ORF (Austria), SVT (Sweden), YLE (Finland), TV4 (Ireland), TVP (Poland), Aljazeera Documentary Chanel (Qatar) and NHK (Japan).   

    Håvard Bustnes

Festivals

2021:
IDFA - International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam
2022:
FIPADOC - International Documentary Film Festival
2022:
TIFF - Tromsø International Film Festival
2022:
Göteborg International Film Festival
2022:
Human International Documentary Film Festival
2022:
Kosmorama Trondheim International Film Festival
2022:
CPH:DOX
2022:
Docville International Documentary Film Festival
2022:
The Norwegian Documentary Film Festival
2022:
Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival
2022:
Watch Docs - Human Rights in Film Warsaw

Crew

Director:
Håvard Bustnes
Cinematographer:
Karl Erik Brøndbo
Viggo Knudsen
Øystein Eldholm
Åsmund Hasli
Editor:
Torkel Gjørv
Composer:
Jonas Colstrup
Sound Recording:
Håvard Bustnes
Sound Design:
Håkon Lammetun
Animator:
Chris Caswell
Narrator:
Håvard Bustnes
Sound engineer:
Matias Frøystad

Technical information

Format:
DCP 2k
Colour:
Colour
Length in min's:
101'
Language:
Norwegian
Subtitles:
English

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