2018 - THE OSLO MONOLOGUES, short
2016 - BLANK SQUARES, short
2015 - ELEPHANT SKIN, short
2013 - DAIM, short
It took a year longer than expected! The final funding was given in early autumn, which crashed with the season of the year in the film. And when we were finally ready to shoot the film the next year, we were denied permission from the fire department in Oslo - there is some pyrotechnics in the film, and we had the hottest and driest summer in over a century in Norway. So we had to apply three times with the whole crew already on board, and by the third application, there finally came some rain and we got our permission.
Was it difficult to get financing?
We were very lucky to get financing for both development and production of the film, from the Norwegian Film Institute and Viken Filmcenter, which are both public sources. Although we had to apply twice to get the final funding from the Norwegian Film Institute, which delayed the process a bit because the film was seasonally bound and had to be shot on location outdoors during summer.
Which thoughts come to mind concerning a “European cinema community”?
I love the idea of a network that could stimulate the circulation of European films and encourage co-operation beyond borders. Any initiative that could strengthen the making and screening of European films would be fantastic.
If you owned a theatre for one night, which films would you screen?
I would screen a mix of short and feature films that has made me laugh, cry and think, and that has a nerve and a heartbeat, such as A SWEDISH LOVE STORY by Roy Anderson, GASMAN by Lynne Ramsey, VICTORIA by Sebastian Schipper, THE SEVENTH SEAL by Ingmar Bergman, TALK by Lukas Moodysson, ANNIE HALL by Woody Allen, FISH TANK by Andrea Arnold and BLUE VALENTINE by Derek Cianfrance.
What is your next project?
I am currently writing a feature film that is very close to my heart, about a child who gets her world flipped around when her mother suddenly goes from being an atheist to become deeply religious. The film looks at how the little girl tries to develop spiritual skills in order to stay connected to her mother
Cast & Crew
Directed by: Rebecca Figenschau
Written by: Rebecca Figenschau
Produced by: Frode Søbstad
Cinematography: Marte Vold
Editing: Mathilde Fridlund
Production Design: Catrine Gormsen
Costume Design: Catrine Gormsen
Hair & Make-up: Catrine Gormsen
Sound: Anna Nilsson
Main Cast: Sigurd Myhre (Bjørnar, the father), Christina Nikolaisen (Solveig, the mother), Erica Cook (daughter), Kim Magnus Vangen (son)
Nominations and Awards
- Short Film Candidates 2019