BIFF 2020: 23. september - 1. oktober

Put on your dancing shoes for the 20th edition of BIFF

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The opening film for the 20th edition of Bergen International Film Festival is a super charming movie about dance and forbidden love. AND THEN WE DANCED premiered under Cannes Film Festival. The centerpiece for the festival is also a dance film. DISCO with Josefine Frida Pettersen – know as Noora in«Skam» – as the main character.

Swedish-Georgian-French bundel of charm!

AND SO WE DANCE is set in a strict ballet academy in Georgia’s capital Tbilisi. The film focuses on male dancers Merab and Irakli whose personal and professional relationship challenges Georgian society’s narrow views of masculinity.

- It is precisly films llike this that has helped create the identity of BIFF throughout the years. This Swedish-Georgian-French gem deals with people's real problems in everyday life, but at the same time it is charming and politically engaging, and that is why it fits perfect as the start of our celebration of 20 years of Bergen International Festival, says festival director Tor Fosse.

Few films garnered as much positive buzz during this year’s edition of the Cannes Film Festival as AND THEN WE DANCED. With his third feature, Levan Akin has created a film which is intensely alive with movement, emotion and drama – and which is sure to be one of this year’s biggest audience favourites. Akin joins us for the opening of the festival together with actors Levan Gelbakhiani and Bachi Valishvili and producer Ketie Danelia.

Disco dance, repressed memories and religious fundamentalism

Not only the opening movie, but also the centerpiece plays out amongst dancers. DISCO is the second movie from the director of HOGGEREN, Jorunn Myklebust Syversen. Making her big screen debut, “Skam” actress Josefine Frida Pettersen delivers a gripping performance in Jorunn Myklebust Syversen’s stylish and refreshing drama about faith, doubt and dance.

19 year old Mirjam is a world champion disco and freestyle dancer and a devout Christian. When a panic attack unleashes a torrent of repressed childhood memories, however, she is left unable to dance and unable to accept the teachings of the church she was raised in. Deeply disillusioned, she looks to a fundamentalist congregation for answers.

The producer Maria Ekerhovd brings the director Jorunn Myklebust Syversen and the dream team of actors – Josefine Frida Pettersen, Nicolai Cleve Broch, Andrea Bræin Hovig, Kjærsti Odden Skjeldal and Espen Klouman Høiner back to Bergen for the Norwegian premiere during the festival!