Blind Spot


The film is a story about the grey zones in mental illness; blind spots hard to discover, as experienced by a mother realizing her daughter is struggling with far worse issues then she had first thought. The leading roles in Tuva Novotny’s directorial debut are played by the renowned Norwegian actors Pia Tjelta and Anders Baasmo Christiansen. This moving drama, filmed in a one take lasting the entire 98 minutes, addresses mental health issues among Norwegian youth.
The film follows a mother struggling to understand the crisis her daughter is going through, as it affects the entire family. How can we as adults, parents, and society help our children and youth open up about difficult thoughts and mental suffering, when our ideals are built on the pursuit of happiness and excess?
One of the keys to this heart-breaking tale is defence. And the fact that sometimes, however we try to protect ourselves, it is impossible for our defence mechanisms not to be breached.

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  • Runtime:
    85 min.
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  • Director:
    Tuva Novotny
  • Screenplay:
    Tuva Novotny
  • Dir. of Photography:
    Jonas Alarik
  • Cast:
    Pia Tjelta, Anders Baasmo Christiansen, Nora Mathea Øien, Teodor Barsnes-Simonsen, Per Frisch, Marianne Krogh
  • Production:
    Nordisk Film Production AS
  • Sales:
    TrustNordisk ApS
  • Festivals:
    Toronto 2018, San Sebastián 2018 (Silver Seashell for Best Actress), CPH PIX 2018 (New Talent Grand PIX)

About the Director:

Tuva Novotny

(1979, Stockholm, Sweden) started in Swedish daytime soaps, moved to the big screen, found steady work in Danish cinema around 2000 and, ten years later, did the same in Norway. This truly Scandinavian actress (who speaks all three languages almost perfectly) has now begun her directorial career. Blind Spot (Blindsone, 2018) premiered in Toronto’s 2018 Discovery section and afterwards was awarded the Silver Seashell for its leading actress, Pia Tjelta, at San Sebastián Film Festival.