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Nothing To Laugh About is the heartwarming story of Kasper's life coping with a serious illness, and how he gains a newfound self-belief and finds laughter again.  

Kasper Berntsen (40) is a successful stand-up comedian. He has everything a man could ask for: his regular gig at the city's top comedy club, his beautiful girlfriend and his fabulous life as a public figure. However, one day everything changes. Kasper is laid off and loses his regular gig, and the same night he gets home, his girlfriend leaves him. To make matters even worse, Kasper is faced with the worst nightmare imaginable when he is called to the doctor to discover that he has incurable cancer. All this on the same day. Nothing To Laugh About is the heartwarming story of Kasper's life coping with a serious illness, and how he gains a newfound self-belief and finds laughter again. 

Production and distribution

Production Year:
2021
Production country:
Norway
Denmark
Release date (national):
2021-09-10
Release date (international):
2021-09-23
Production company:
Hummelfilm AS
ReInvent
Producer:
Gudny Hummelvoll
Eleonore Anselme
Rikke Ennis
Sales agent:
TrustNordisk ApS

Director

  • Petter Næss

    Petter Næss (b. 1960) has worked as an actor, screenwriter and director in film, television and theatre since the early eighties. He started his career as a production assistant in television, and - classical dance, tap dance, jazz dance, and method acting - was active as an actor between 1985 and 1996, when he started as a director at the Oslo theater Centralteatret. After directing several successful stage plays, including Gone with the Woman and Elling, which he later would make successful film adaptations of, he made his debut as a film director with the comedy-drama Absolute Hangover in 1999. In 2001 he premiered his next film, Elling (an adaptation of Ingvar Ambjørnsens novel Blood Brothers, and the stage play previously directed by himself), to unison critical acclaim and some of the best attendance figures at the Norwegian box-office ever. The film won numerous awards at many international film festivals, such as Lübeck, San Sebastian International Film Festival and Würzburg, and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. In 2005 Næss also directed Love Me Tomorrow, the final film of the Elling-trilogy.

    Since his film debut in 1999, Næss has established himself as one of Norways leading directors, and has, in addition to the aforementioned, directed several other films - many of which have become festival favorites and award-winners - both in Norway and abroad. His other films include the youth film Just Bea (2003), the Swedish children's film Leaps and Bounds (2007), Gone With the Woman (2007) and his Hollywood debut Mozart and the Whale (2005). In 2008 he also made a rare return in front of the camera, playing the small role of Capt. Martin Linge in the epic WWII film Max Manus (a.k.a. Max Manus - Man of War).

    Petter Næss

Cast

Odd-Magnus Williamson
Sara Khorami
Øystein Martinsen

Festivals

2021:
Zürich Film Festival
2021:
European Film Forum Scanorama

Crew

Director:
Petter Næss
Screenplay:
Odd-Magnus Williamson
Cinematographer:
Gaute Gunnari
Editor:
Toril Strøm

Technical information

Genre:
Drama
Comedy
Length in mins:
90'
Language:
Norwegian
Subtitles:
English

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