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Psychobitch

Martin Lund

Norway2019111 MinNorwegian

Subtitles: DE, EN, ES, FR, HU, IT, PT, RO, UA

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PSYCHOBITCH is a very sensitive and topical Nordic coming of age, in the vein of ‘Skam,’ which resonated strongly locally and internationally, and shows perfectly this new world of the ‘Generation Perfect’ happening in Scandinavia where all kids ends up alike.

- Variety -

Psychobitch

(Psychobitch)

Norway, nowadays, small city of Gjøvik.

Frida, 15-year-old, totally assumes to be the class outsider. In this world of the “Generation Perfect”, the other kids at school agree: Frida is so weird.

Marius does pretty much everything he can to be exemplary. When the two are paired up as study buddies, he sees it as another opportunity to show everyone what a great guy he is. But Frida has no intention of being “fixed” by the class golden boy.

Their study sessions become the catalyst for a turbulent relationship. Yet in his fights with Frida, Marius also experiences something exciting, challenging and completely new...

  • Berlinale
  • Zlin IFF - Ecumenical Jury Award for Children
  • Starring:  Elli Rhiannon Müller Osbourne, Jonas Tidemann, Henrik Rafaelsen
  • Production:  Ape&Bjørn
  • International Sales:  Indie Sales

The story of an unexpected encounter between the best student in the class and a psychotic and rebellious girl. A Norwegian version of a high school film, which combines tenderness, humour and provocation; a new take on the timeless theme of impossible love.

- Olivier Père, Director of ARTE France Cinéma -

Martin Lund

Martin Lund (b. 1979) was educated as an art director at Westerdals School of Communication before he was accepted to the directing- programme at the Norwegian Film School at Lillehammer, graduating in 2009 with the short film BALOON MOODS. This was, however, not his first film as a director: HOME GAME from 2004 was screened at numerous national and international film festivals, including Clermont-Ferrand and Sundance Film Festival, and received several awards. He also directed the shorts SHALL WE DANCE? in 2007, and PISTACHIO in 2009. Lund made his debut as a feature film director in 2010 with TWIGSON TIES THE KNOT, the second film in the Twigson-franchise, one of the biggest and most successful movie franchises in Norwegian cinema history. PSYCHOBITCH (2019), his most recent film, premiered at Berlinale.

An international study shows that Norwegians make very strict requirements of personal conduct and that they sanction unwanted behavior. With PSYCHOBITCH I set out to prove it’s possible to break out of this conformity. I wanted to tell a story about how important it is to listen to your heart when you are looking for your self.

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