Stop the Pounding Heart

Introduction by Cato Fossum

Roberto Minervini's films are visionary depictions of marginalized lives in the Southern United States. By choosing current political themes, Minervini focuses on the class-divided United States, racism, homelessness and lost childhoods. We put focus on the filmmaker by screening four of his films as a prelude to the upcoming election in the US.

The screening of Stop the Pounding Heart will be introduced by Cato Fossum, acting director of the Norwegian Film Club Association.

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About the film

Sara is a young girl raised in a family of goat farmers. Her parents homeschool their twelve children, rigorously following the precepts of the Bible. Like her sisters, Sara is taught to be a devout woman, subservient to men while keeping her emotional and physical purity intact until marriage. When Sara meets Colby, a young amateur bull rider, she is thrown into crisis, questioning the only way of life she has ever known. In a stunning portrayal of contemporary America and the insular communities that dot its landscape, Stop the Pounding Heart is an exploration of adolescence, family and social values, gender roles, and religion in the rural American South.

About the director

Roberto Minervini is an Italian-born film director, who lives and works in the US. After completing a Master’s Degree in Media Studies at The New School University in New York City in 2004, he moved to the Philippines to teach Documentary Filmmaking at a University level. In 2007, he moved to Texas, where he directed three feature films, The Passage, Low Tide and Stop the Pounding Heart, a Texas trilogy that was presented and awarded at some of the most renowned film festivals in the world such as Cannes, Venice, Toronto, and Rotterdam, among others. In 2014, Stop the Pounding Heart won the David di Donatello Award (Italian Academy Award) for best documentary. The Other Side (aka Louisiana), his fourth film, premiered at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, competing in the Un Certain Regard section.

About Cato Fossum

Cato Fossum is acting head of film in the Norwegian Film Club Association and a member of the program council in the Short Film Festival. He has previously worked as a programmer and editor for several Norwegian film festivals.

Stop the Pounding Heart
Roberto Minervini
USA, Italy, Belgium
1h 40 min
English, with English subtitles