HÅP

Norway, Sweden

Synopsis

Anja (43) lives with Tomas (59) in a large family of biological children and stepchildren. For a number of years, the two adults have grown independent of each other, with creative jobs in parallel worlds. When Anja gets a terminal cancer diagnosis, their modern life breaks down and exposes neglected love. Alone with her grief and her fears, Anja realises that she needs Tomas’ full help and support. It’s their only chance. How else will their children find the strength once she is gone, if their parents are unable to weather the storm together?Anja and Tomas are thrown into a crash course in mutual trust, and eventually a joint struggle, to deal with this unexpected and premature death. By getting to know each other anew, they unconsciously become the principal characters in a love story where they finally learn to truly love each other after a long life together.

Director's Biography

Born in Trondheim in 1965, Maria Sødahl graduated as director from The Danish Film School in 1993. She has made several shorts and documentaries before her first fiction feature, the award-winning LIMBO (2010).

FILMOGRAPHY:
2020 HOPE
2010 LIMBO
2003 THE LOTTO MILLIONAIRES
2000 SEVEN DEADLY SINS
1993 BULLDOZER
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Cast & Crew

Directed by: Maria Sødahl

Written by: Maria Sødahl

Produced by: Thomas Robsahm, Lizette Jonjic, Peter Possne

Cinematography: Manuel Alberto Claro

Editing: Christian Siebenherz

Production Design: Jørgen Stangebye Larsen

Costume Design: Ellen Dæhli Ystehede

Make-Up & Hair: Anja Dahl

Sound: Gisle Tveito

Visual Effects: Kai Kiønig Bortne

Main Cast: Andrea Bræin Hovig (Anja), Stellan Skarsgård (Tomas)

Casting: Celine Engebrigtsen

Nominations and Awards

  • EFA Feature Film Selection 2020