Gritt

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Itonje Søimer Guttormsen’s Gritt, set in and among Oslo's arts and culture scenes, is one of the funniest, truest and most thought-provoking films ever made in Norway.

The movement artist Gritt returns to Norway after a long period abroad, and is ready to finally give birth to her long-gestating performance idea "The White Inflammation", which is a project meant to react against a capitalist, patriarchal and generally excluding social order. To earn a living, she is a so-called "undercover support contact" for the artist Marte Wexelsen Goksøyr, who has Down's syndrome. In addition to this, Gritt works hard to secure funding for her project, and to get closer to professionals who may take her ideas seriously. When Gritt receives a rejection from Arts Council Norway, she is thrown into a complicated life crisis.

Gritt is a nomadic soul, on a high speed, never-ending journey of discovery, searching and moving, around and into herself. She gathers impulses and is prone to impressions, intensely present in every scene of life – and struggles to see herself from the outside. Actress Birgitte Larsen portrays an extremely complex and challenging character, and in combination with an original and uncompromising film language, she brings us close to Gritt’s thoughts and feelings. (Excerpt from Lars Ole Kristiansen's analysis of the film at Montages.)

Director

Itonje Søimer Guttormsen (b. 1979) is a Norwegian director who graduated from the European Film College in Denmark, the Norwegian Film School and the Valand Academy in Sweden. Her films are often on the boarder between fiction and documentary, and her latest short, Retract (2016), was screened at festivals both at home and abroad. Søimer Guttormsen leads the performance group "Lilithistene", and initiated both the art film festival ByFlimmer and KORET. Gritt is her first feature film.

Filmography

2016 Retrett / Retract (Short film)
2008 Den utvalgte (Short film)
2007 Andropia (Short film)
2005 Irma ut i verden (Short film)

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