Norway, Denmark


BLIND SPOT tells the story of a mother who struggles to come to terms with her daughter’s mental illness, revealed to be far worse than she had realised.

Director's Statement

I wrote the script when I experienced a culture of silence around the subject of mental illness among young people.
Reading about several cases of very young suicidal cases in Norway, I experienced a lack of openness and discussion about mental disorders, both in home environments and in the public debate. I also discovered that the conducted conversations often were characterised by guilt and cause, rather than acceptance and openness.

Director's Biography

Tuva Novotny is an internationally acclaimed actress, who has received several awards for her acting performances, amongst others the Shooting Star at the Berlin International Film Festival. In 2018 she starred in the Netflix sci-fi thriller ANNIHILATION alongside Natalie Portman in and BORG McENROE with Shia LaBeouf and Stellan Skarsgård. BLIND SPOT was the first time Tuva Novotny took on directing a feature film. The year after she completed her second feature film BRITT-MARIE WAS HERE (2019).

2010-2015 – DAG, tv series, 4 episodes
2014 – LILYHAMMER, tv series, 1 episode

Cast & Crew

Directed by: Tuva Novotny

Written by: Tuva Novotny

Produced by: Elisabeth Kvithyll

Cinematography: Jonas Alarik

Production Design: Nina Bjerch Andresen

Costume Design: Nina Bjerch Andresen

Make-Up & Hair: Aase Lund Mathisen

Original Score: Jacob Kirkegaard

Sound: Peter Albrechtsen

Visual Effects: Henry Cummings

Main Cast: Pia Tjelta (Maria), Anders Baasmo Christiansen (Anders), Oddgeir Thune (Martin)

Nominations and Awards

  • European Discovery - Prix Fipresci 2019