Gritt
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    Gritt

    Directed by

    Norway

    2021

    119 min

    • Norwegian
    • English

    Drama

    Gritt is a Norwegian woman with big ideas. She wants to make a socially critical theatre production entitled ‘The White Inflammation’, but can never put into words exactly what it’s supposed to be about. Norway, and maybe the West in general, she says, overcome by apathy. “An inability to act.” The tragedy is that no one wants to hear what she has to say.

    Stylistically, this feature debut reflects Gritt’s ever more erratic course through the world. Everywhere she goes, doors slam in her face; she sees her dream of creating a play of her own going up in smoke. Initially, her agitation seems to be a kind of curiosity about the unknown, but with each new disappointment the restless camerawork becomes more oppressive.

    Along the way, the burlesque undertone of Gritt becomes a painful metaphor for desperately clinging to life. Gritt expresses how she experiences life in terms of difficulty making contact with what we perceive as reality. But it could all have been so different, the film subtly suggests. She could have been Lars, the successful artistic director of The Theater of Cruelty, a theatre company she asks to produce her play. But she isn’t Lars. Somewhere along the road, she missed a turning.

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    Credits

    Cast
    Birgitte Larsen
    Marte Wexelsen Goksøyr
    Lars Øyno
    Andrine Sæther
    Maria Grazia de Meo
    Linda Hverven
    Kyrre Hellum
    Screenplay
    Itonje Søimer Guttormsen
    Cinematography
    Patrik Säfström
    Editing
    Itonje Søimer Guttormsen
    Michal Leszczylowski
    Geir Ørnholt
    Music
    Erik Ljungren
    Production
    MER FILM

    Press

    Gritt’s unremitting, uncompromising qualities work to the picture’s considerable advantage.

    Screen Daily

    A fascinating and...refreshing Norwegian debut film.

    Modern Times

    Itonje Søimer Guttormsen

    Itonje Søimer Guttormsen

    Norway

    Itonje SØIMER GUTTORMSEN (1979, Norway) lives and works in Oslo. She has a bachelor’s in Film Directing from The Norwegian Film School, and obtained a master’s degree at Academy Valand in 2018. She produces her film and art projects on the label Andropia, and is the founder and artistic leader of ByFlimmer, a site-specific film art festival. GRITT (2020) is her feature film debut.