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Itonje Søimer Guttormsen Maria Fosheim Lund redigert


Itonje Søimer Guttormsen in conversation with Maria Fosheim Lund
Thursday 17.06.21

We're proud to present Itonje Søimer Guttormsen's newest film GRITT (2021). The screening will be followed by a conversation between the director and Maria Fosheim Lund, research librarian at the National Library's film department and member of the program council of Kunstnernes Hus' cinema.

About the film

Gry-Jeanette left Norway with the dream of becoming an actress. Now, 17 rambling years later, having failed to find either fame in Hollywood or notoriety in Berlin, she’s back, as Gritt. Whilst her old friends from college have established successful careers on the Oslo theater circuit, Gritt is passionate about manifesting a radical collective ritual. But nobody seems to care. When she receives yet another funding rejection, and is thrown out of her apartment, Gritt's situation becomes increasingly desperate.

GRITT was selected to the main competition in both Rotterdam and Gothenburg Film festivals, and recently won the main price for best film at Vilnius Film Festival.

About the filmmaker

Itonje Søimer Guttormsen (b. 1979) is a director based in Oslo. She studied at the European Film College in Denmark, the Norwegian Film School, and the Valand Academy in Sweden. Her latest short film, Retrett (2016) received acclaim at international festivals. Søimer Guttormsen leads the performance group “Lilithistene” and is the founder of the art film festival ByFlimmer and the Oslo-based choir, KORET. GRITT is her feature film debut.

About the leading actress

Birgitte Larsen is an actor with Norway’s National Theater and studied at the Norwegian National Academy of Theater. She first worked with director Itonje Søimer Guttormsen on the short film Retrett (2016) in which she played the lead role, Gritt. With the feature film, GRITT, they continue their collaboration and Gritt’s journey.

GRITT actress Birgitte Larsen and director Itonje Søimer Guttormsen photographer Ingrid Eggen
Birgitte Larsen and Itonje Søimer Guttormsen. Photo: Ingrid Eggen.

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