After a two-year stint at Broynes Treatment Center, Elling is set to return to the so-called real world. Along with his somewhat denser roommate, Kjell Bjarne, he has been granted an apartment in Oslo with orders to take care of himself.

For someone who finds crossing a restaurant floor comparable to a South Pole expedition, his new life involves a number of challenges which need surmounting.

With impressive willpower, slow-developing courage and a certain amount of help, Elling and Kjell Bjarne dodder down some unfamiliar roads. And when Kjell Bjarne meets a woman, situations occur where life's frightened boys are forced to give it all they've got — and then some.

Director's Biography

ELLING is Petter Naess' second feature film. His first was the comedy AbSOLUTE HANGOVER which won Amanda Awards in 1999 for best male and female leads. Petter has primarily worked in the world of theatre and revues, both as scriptwriter, director and actor.

Cast & Crew

Directed by: Petter Naess

Written by: Axel Hellstenius

Produced by: Dag Alveberg

Cinematography: Svein Krøvel

Editing: Inge-Lise Langfeldt

Production Design: Harald Egede Nissen

Original Score: Lars Lillo Stenberg

Sound Design: Jan Lindvik

Cast: Per Christian Ellefsen (Elling), Sven Nordin (Kjell Barne), Marit Pia Jacobsen (Reidun Nordsletten), Per Christensen (Alfons Jørgensen), Jørgen Langhelle (Frank Åsli)

Nominations and Awards

  • Feature Film Selection 2001