HåpHoffnung / Hope

Competition Narrative Films, Norway / Sweden 2019, 126 Min., norw. OV, engl. st

Two days before Christmas, theatre director Anja is diagnosed with a brain tumour. She was able to overcome lung cancer the previous year, but the diagnosis this time is more grim - incurable. Over the holidays, she and her life partner, the film director Tomas, are able to hide her illness from their six children. But that becomes impossible as they make preparations for a rapid surgical intervention. The emotional stress places severe strains on everyone in the family – including Anja herself. In the face of her possible death, she begins to doubt many of her life decisions, including her relationship with Tomas … Maria Sødahl’s autobiographical family drama unsparingly confronts the challenges of a personal crisis. She cautiously reveals what gave her hope for overcoming it – the help and comfort from friends and family.

Director Maria Sødahl

Screenplay Maria Sødahl

Producer Thomas Robsahm, Yngve Sæther

Production Company Motlys AS, Sagveien 18, 0459 Oslo, Mail: motlys@motlys.com, Web: www.motlys.net

World Sales TrustNordisk ApS, Filmbyen 12, 2650 Hvidovre, Mail: info@trustnordisk.com, Web: www.trustnordisk.com

Distributor Arsenal Filmverleih GmbH, Hintere Grabenstr. 20, 72070 Tübingen, Mail: info@arsenalfilm.de, Web: www.arsenalfilm.de

Cast Andrea Bræin Hovig (Anja), Stellan Skarsgård (Tomas), Elli Müller Osborne (Julie), Alfred Vatne Brean (Erlend), Daniel Storm Forthun Sandbye (Isak), Eirik Hallert (Henrik), Steinar Klouman Hallert (Simon), Dina Enoksen Elvehaug (Ada)


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