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A daughter has invited her mother to an underwater restaurant to celebrate her 70th birthday. Their seemingly mundane conversation raises questions about individual and society, privileges and responsibilities, belonging and rejection.  

Production and distribution

Production Year:
2021
Production country:
Norway
Release date (national):
2021-06-09
Production company:
Twentyone Pictures
Financing company:
Norwegian Film Institute
Viken Filmsenter
Fond for lyd og bilde
Producer:
Ellen Ugelstad
Tonje Alice Madsen
Line producer:
Kaja Espenes
Film consultant:
Lars Daniel Krutzkoff Jacobsen

Director

  • Ellen Ugelstad

    Ellen Ugelstad is a Norwegian filmmaker living in Oslo. She studied philosophy and anthropology at the University of Oslo before she moved to California and received a BFA in film. Her work often explores the thin line between sanity and insanity, the hierarchy of power, and explores different forms of reality.   

    Her debut, Indian Summer, is an example of this investigation. This film tells the story of her younger brother living with schizophrenia - a poetic portrait of a young man’s struggle for his own dignity and pursuit of freedom. Indian Summer was nominated for the International Young Talent Award at DOK Leipzig and the Nordic:Dox Award at CPH:DOX and received two nominations at the Norwegian “Emmy Award” (Gullruten.)   The short film “The Meeting Room” shows a kafkaesque meeting where a mother and her son fight a clogged bureaucracy. The film won Best Screenplay at the Norwegian Shortfilmfestival in 2017. 

    Her recent work includes the film essay Making Sense Together which investigates the relationship between power and powerlessness in psychiatry. The award-winning short film The Green Valley was longlisted for the Oscars. Ugelstad is also a recipient of a five-year work grant from the Norwegian Art Council.  

    Ellen Ugelstad

Cast

Edith:
Anne Marit Jacobsen
Solveig:
Marte Germaine Christensen
Tuan:
Bao André Nguyen

Awards

2021:
The Norwegian Short Film Festival
Gullstolen - The Golden Chair Award for Best Short Film

Festivals

2021:
The Norwegian Short Film Festival

Crew

Director:
Ellen Ugelstad
Screenplay:
Einar Sverdrup
Ellen Ugelstad
Cinematographer:
Cecilie Semec
Editor:
Jon Endre Mørk
Sound Design:
Håkon Lammetun
Sound Recording:
Valeria Quesada
VFX artist:
Geir Sæterbakken
Casting:
Celine Engebrigtsen
Voices:
Kevin Fjellmyr
Andreas Vorkinnslien
Georgia May Anta
Petter Thomren Moltu
Jan Moussa
Irasj Asanti
Hung Nguyen
Muói Ba Thi Nguyen
Diab Ahlhll
Maryam Alshaaban

Technical information

Genre:
Drama
Format:
DCP 4k
Screen ratio:
1:1,85
Colour:
Colour
Length in mins:
18'
Language:
Norwegian
Subtitles:
English

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