A film by Jorunn MYklebust Syversen
Drama, 94 minutes, Norwegian, Norway, 2019
Starring: Josefine Frida Pettersen, Nicolai Cleve Broch, Kjærsti Odden Skjeldal, Andrea Bræin Hovig, Espen Klouman Høiner
Discovery - Toronto International Film Festival 2019
New Directors - San Sebastian International Film Festival 2019
Centrepiece - Bergen International Film Festival 2019
On the surface, everything seems perfect. 19 year old Mirjam is the stepdaughter of the charismatic pastor of an evangelical movement called The Freedom. As a world champion in disco freestyle dancing and leader of the youth group in the congregation, she is the pride of the church. Whilst defending her world title, she collapses on stage. This makes her start to question her faith. Her family's solution is for her to be a better believer. Mirjam tries, but her body continues to fail her. Frustrated by the feeling of not being seen and in search of answers, she is drawn to a a stricter, more conservative congregation. Secretly she leaves for their summer camp.
Jorunn Myklebust Syversen lives in Oslo and is working in the fields of film and video, photography and art installation. She has made several short films. THE TREE FELLER was her feature film debut and DISCO is her second feature film.