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23.09—06.10 2019
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A fascinating, troubling portrait of contemporary society, starring Josefine Frida (known as Noora from 'Skam’) as a Christian disco dancer struggling with her faith and taking extreme measures to find balance.
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Meet Josefine Frida

After the screening on November 14th in Empire, you can meet director Jorunn Myklebust Syversen and actress Josefine Frida, known from the Norwegian hit tv series SKAM in conversation with Felix Thorsen Katzenelson aka Doctor Love and Editor at IBYEN's Kærlighedsbrevkasse.

Year

2019

Title

Disco

original titel

Duration

93 min

Language

Norwegian, English

Subtitles

English

Countries

Norway

with

Josefine Frida, Nicolai Cleve Broch, Kjærsti Odden Skjeldal, Andrea Bræin Hovig

Producers

Maria Ekerhovd

manusCript

Jorunn Myklebust Syversen

Distribution

New Europe Film Sales

Photographer

Marius Matzow Gulbrandsen

19 year old Mirjam has it all - she’s young, beautiful, innocent, a world champion of freestyle disco dancing and a singer at her local church. She’s the pride of the entire congregation. When she collapses while dancing on stage, however, the bliss crumbles and Mirjam starts doubting her abilities, herself and her faith.

“Doubt is good”, her stepfather preaches on the big screen TV of his neon-lit church furnished with fog machines. “For doubt leads to hope and hope leads to faith. Faith is being reassured without evidence or visibility.”

But Mirjam struggles to find her footing, and the family’s only advice is to pray harder, have faith and become a better Christian. 

With sharp, Scandinavian lighting, white flowing robes and a love so blonde and accommodating that it seems suspicious, Jorunn Myklebust Syversen has created a highly unusual contemporary coming-of-age drama. She brings us into a world of Christian religious dogma and social control that is often associated with other religious communities. Sincerely and with curiosity, she portrays the different congregations both as cultic units, each with their own religious truths, and as big businesses tempting new souls with Christian merchandise, pop music and YouTube channels.

‘Disco’ probes beyond the clichés in its portrait of Mirjam, played with heartbreaking vulnerability by Josefine Frida. She’s not in the middle of a typical teen rebellion of self-discovery through sex, drugs and alcohol, because these temptations are not even a part of her universe. But where does a young girl go to ask questions, when every answer she finds leads her deeper into the lion’s den?

Director

Jorunn Myklebust Syversen

Jorunn Myklebust Syversen, born 1978, works with film, video art and photography. She graduated from Bergen National Academy of Art and Design in 2005 and her work has been showcased at numerous international festivals, screenings and exhibitions. She made her feature debut in 2017 with ‘The Tree Feller’ (Hoggeren), starring Anders Baasmo Christiansen. ‘Disco’ is her second feature and premiered at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival.

“We should discuss how we treat people in vulnerable situations, how we treat children. Do we tell them what to believe in or do we give them a choice? We are all so desperately looking for any meaning in our lives and maybe that’s why we feel this need to convince others that what we choose, is the only right way. And from there, it doesn’t take long for us to start limiting and undermining those around us.”

Director

Jorunn Myklebust Syversen

Jorunn Myklebust Syversen, born 1978, works with film, video art and photography. She graduated from Bergen National Academy of Art and Design in 2005 and her work has been showcased at numerous international festivals, screenings and exhibitions. She made her feature debut in 2017 with ‘The Tree Feller’ (Hoggeren), starring Anders Baasmo Christiansen. ‘Disco’ is her second feature and premiered at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival.

“We should discuss how we treat people in vulnerable situations, how we treat children. Do we tell them what to believe in or do we give them a choice? We are all so desperately looking for any meaning in our lives and maybe that’s why we feel this need to convince others that what we choose, is the only right way. And from there, it doesn’t take long for us to start limiting and undermining those around us.”