THE MEETING ROOM (15. min.)

In this kafkaesque meeting a mother and her son is fighting a clogged bureaucracy that intensify the personal suffering it is supposed to remedy. The story is based on the directors own experiences with her brother suffering from schizophrenia. The film is inspired by both theater and documentary.

Prizes

Honorary Mention, Nordic Docs
The Hourglass, Writers Guild of Norway

Jury statement Short film festival Grimstad – Drama Association's manuscript award

This year’s HOURGLASS award is given by the Writers Guild of Norway, go to a film where the screenplay shines through a complicated piece of work. The film masterfully manages to describe a situation and tell a story that we as an audience know its fiction, but that always feels real. That´s not easy.

The films have a clear and apparent story that helps us to understand the frustration and powerlessness the people in the film feels. It’s a story that moves us emotionally while we were watching and sticks around after we have seen it. It shows a side bureaucracy specifically mental health care, that cannot turn our backs to. How mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters, often have to put their life on hold in order to care of their sick ones. All because the system is unable to take care of them. This year’s winner is an important film and though it’s a screenplay, it manages to portrait exactly this reality.

JURY STATEMENT NORDIC DOCS  HONORABLE MENTION

Here is an incredible well-played docudrama in incredible concise wrapping. We meet a young boy with a diagnosis in psychiatry. The majority of the film takes place through a bureaucratic, kafkaesque meeting, where Kjetil's ability to work and the ability to ve released is discussed. It goes from cold to lukewarm and back again. The Docudrama is so realistic that many viewers will think that what they experience is from reality. The replicas here sit so it hurts and the actors perform tremendously. The region is tight and cold-blooded, genre play is effective. This film shows how intimate, creative fictions can scarcely replace our documentary film experience, thus reducing the distance between so-called reality and the other, or should we say: the other realities, if they exist.

STATEMENT Nordic Docs

The film "The Meeting room" gives the audience a unique insight into psychiatry, an arena closed to most and in addition protected by strict code of conduct. The film is based on the director's own experiences with a brother living with schizophrenia and the director conveys the story through a partially documentary, partially staged form that gives the audience an insight into a true story that documents the many dilemmas of psychiatry. The film tells an important story in a different way, "says Paul Renee Roestad, Nordic Docs Festival Director."

SCREENINGS

  • LOOK AND ROLL FILM FESTIVAL

    • Basel, Switzerland -  September, 2018

  • STAVANGER KINO, SCHIZOPHRENI DAGENE

    • Stavanger, Norway - 11. November, 2017

  • AMIFF - Arctic Moving Image Film Festival

    • Harstad, Norway - 2017

  • HØSTUTSTILLINGEN 2017

    • Oslo, Norway - 15. September to 15. October, 2017

  • Filmprogram Kunstnernes Hus Kino

    • Oslo, Norway - 15, 16, 23, 24, 30. September and 1. October, 2017
    • 1. October, egen visning av Møterommet kl. 13, Conversation with Ellen Ugelstad after screening
  • CINEMATEKET NORWEGIAN SHORT

  • ØYAKINO

    • Ringen Kino, Oslo, Norway -  5. August, 2017
  • NETTKINO

    • 17. July to 1. August, 2017
  • KORTFILMFESTIVALEN I GRIMSTAD

    • Grimstad, Norway - 14. to 18. June 2018
  • NORDIC DOCS

    • Fredrikstad, Norway: 12. May, 2018

Credits

Director: Ellen Ugelstad
Script: Einar Sverdrup,
Ellen Ugelstad
Cinematography: Audun Magnæs
Editor: Kirsti Marie Hougen,
Ellen Ugelstad
Producer: Twentyone Pictures

Cast

Edvin Anstendsrud
Trine Wiggen
Stig Frode Henriksen
Christina Ørbekk Nikolaisen
Hilde Olaussen
Marianne Mørk Larsen
Toni Usman

Supported by

NORWEGIAN FILMINSTITUTE (NFI)
VISUAL ARTS FOUNDATION (BKV)
TTHE FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION FOUNDATION (FRITT ORD)