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It's Only Make Believe


Norway | 2013 | 91 minutes | Arild Østin Ommundsen

Confronted in a life-threatening robbery, pregnant Jenny successfully defends herself—but loses her fiancé. When she’s freed from prison 10 years later, her journey toward a stable life and custody of her daughter is fraught with emotion.

May 26, 2014
Renton IKEA Performing Arts Center  
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SIFF Cinema Uptown Festival  
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Jenny (Silje Salomonsen) and Frank (Fredrik Hana) are young and in love—so much so that when Jenny reveals she’s pregnant, Frank is unfazed, and even proposes marriage under a lavender sunset. Unfortunately, these pledges are given just before the couple attempts to steal drugs from a greenhouse. The burglary quickly goes awry, leaving one person dead, another crippled for life, and Jenny doing 10 years for murder. Her child, Merete (Iben Østin Hjelle), is born while Jenny is in prison and is subsequently raised by foster parents. Upon Jenny’s release, she tries her best to reconcile with Merete and lead a normal life on the outside, also seeing a glimmer of hope in sweet Gary (Tomas Alf Larsen), an old schoolmate and loan officer who still harbors a crush on her. But old habits die hard, and before long, various unsavory characters come sniffing around to settle old scores, forcing Jenny to go to extremes to make sure her daughter remains unharmed. Led by Salomonsen’s astonishing performance, a mixture of naïveté and steely resolve, Arild Østin Ommundsen’s nail-biting thriller shows how mistakes from the past can haunt one’s future and test the resilience of the bonds between mother and daughter.

Director Biography

Arild Østin Ommundsen studied filmmaking at the University College in Stavanger, Norway. He has made several TV commercials, music videos and shorts, including Before Sunrise (1999), which won the Golden Chair award at the Grimstad Short Film Festival. His feature films include the comedy Mongoland (2001), the surfing love story MonsterThursday (2004), the children’s film Knerten I Knipe (2011), and his latest thriller, It's Only Make Believe (2013).

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Director: Arild Østin Ommundsen
Principal Cast: Silje Salomonsen, Vegar Hoel, Tomas Alf Larsen, Fredrik S. Hana
Country: Norway
Year: 2013
Running Time: 91 minutes
Producer: Arild Østin Ommundsen, Gary Cranner
Screenplay: Arild Østin Ommundsen
Cinematographers: Arild Østin Ommundsen
Editors: Arild Østin Ommundsen
Music: Thomas Dybdahl
Website: Official Film Website
Awards: Amanda Awards Norway 2013 (Best Cinematography)
Filmography: Twigson in Trouble (2011); Rat Nights (2009); Monsterthursday (2004); Mongoland (2000)
Language: Norwegian
HasSubTitles: Yes
Format: DCP
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