“A film that celebrates imperfection in an age that increasingly, impossibly demands perfection” (Eye for Film) — On June 15, see the Norwegian coming-of-age film Psychobitch (dir. Martin Lund, Norway, 2019) at Scandinavia House!
Fifteen-year-old Frida is the misfit at her middle school in the small city of Gjøvik, a class outsider that all the other kids agree is “so weird.” Martin, on the other hand, does nearly everything he can to be exemplary — though often overburdened by his success. When they’re paired up as study partners, Martin sees it as an opportunity to prove what a great guy he is, until he realizes that Frida has no intention of being “fixed” by the class golden boy. As she challenges him and puts his patience to the test, sparks begin to fly, creating a turbulent relationship that also becomes something exciting, challenging, and completely new for both. (111 min. In Norwegian with English subtitles)
“A real pleasure to watch – a good-hearted take on the unexpected high-school romance”—Cineuropa
This screening will take place in Victor Borge Hall; attendees are required to follow all Scandinavia House safety protocols, including wearing masks during the program and observing social distancing rules in signage. Please read our full safety protocols here.
Special thanks to the Norwegian Film Institute.
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About the Director
Martin Lund was educated as an art director before he was accepted onto the directing program at the Norwegian Film School in Lillehammer, graduating in 2009 with the short film Balloon Moods. His debut feature Twigson Ties the Knot (2011) premiered at the Berlinale Generation and remains among Norway’s biggest ever box office hit. He went on to write and direct The Almost Man (2012) which had its world premiere at Karlovy Vary IFF, winning the Crystal Globe for Best Film.
He also created the TV series The Games, winner of Best Series at the 2014 Prix Jeunesse, and was nominated for a Kidscreen award in 2015. It has since been sold to more than 40 countries. His latest work is the feature film Psychobitch (2019), which premiered at Berlinale and was the recipient of the ArteKino Festival Audience Award.