Disco
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    Disco

    Directed by

    Norway

    2019

    94 min

    • Norwegian

    Drama

    On the surface, everything seems perfect. 19-year-old Mirjam is the stepdaughter of the charismatic pastor of an evangelical movement called The Freedom. As a world champion in disco freestyle dancing and leader of the youth group in the congregation, Mirjam is the pride of the church. Whilst defending her world title, she collapses on stage. This makes her start to question her faith. Her family’s solution is for her to be a better believer. Mirjam tries, but her body continues to fail her. Frustrated by the feeling of not being seen and in search of answers, she is drawn to a stricter, more conservative congregation. Secretly she leaves for their summer camp.

    Awards

    • Sven Nykvist Cinematography Award for Marius Matzow Gulbrandsen - Göteborg FF

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    Credits

    Cast
    Espen Klouman Høiner
    Fredericke Rustad Hellerud
    Josefine Frida
    Kjærsti Odden Skjeldal
    Nicolai Cleve Broch
    Andrea Bræin Hovig
    Screenplay
    Jorunn Myklebust Syversen
    Cinematography
    Marius Matzow Gulbrandsen
    Editing
    Mina Nybakke
    Frida Eggum Michaelsen
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    Press

    "The canvas may be strewn with glitter and glory, but beneath the surface Syversen provides a chilling look at how religion can be used to ignore deeper personal traumas, convincing youngsters to turn to god when they should perhaps be turning to therapy or something more probing."

    The Hollywood Reporter

    Jorunn Myklebust Syversen

    Jorunn Myklebust Syversen

    Norway

    Jorunn Myklebust Syversen was born in Gol, Norway. She has directed the short films VIOLENT SORROW MAKES A MODERN ECSTASY NO.2 (2009), CYRK (2014), and CRYING MAN (2016), as well as her debut feature, HOGGEREN (2017). DISCO (2019) is her latest film, which had its world premiere at the Toronto IFF.