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[Interview] – Liv Karin Dahlstrom – ‘Women and Wine’ – A Feature Film

 

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Director Liv Karin Dahlstrøm and Producer Isak Eymundsson has been sweeping the boards at film festivals throughout the world, having been selected for 13 festivals and taking home the Oscar qualifying award at the Seattle International Film Festival. The film stars the well-known and popular Norwegian actress Marit Adeleide Andreassen.

Women and Wine is a humorous film about the fear of losing a friend. Turid is attending her close friend’s fiftieth anniversary, but during the party, she comes to realize she is no longer amongst her closest friends. Thus Turid starts a game to make her mark, and the party turns out to involve much more than singing and wine.

Director Liv Karin Dahlstrøm graduated from the Norwegian Film School in 2012. She has worked on several television productions including the children’s series The Games for NRK (Norwegian Public Broadcaster) and the comedy series What if (VGTV). She is currently working on the new NRK series Helium.

Producer Isak Eymundsoon is a film producer at Ape & Bjørn. He has produced the award winning series The Games, as well as the shorts The Committee and Women and Wine. Currently he is producing Joern Utkilen’s debut feature Lake Over Fire, and Jannicke Systad Jacobsen’s second feature The Domestique.

Marit Adeleide Andreassen (Turid) has starred in a range of films and TV series, including Jens Lien’s Jonny Vang and the Netflix series Lillyhammer.

Women and Wine has been selected at festivals such as The Norwegian Short Film Festival, Aspen Short Fest, Go Short International Short Film Festival and the Hamptons International Film Festival. The film won the Best Narrative Short Film Jury Prize at Seattle International Film Festival and The Writers Guild of Norway?s Award for Best Screenplay at The Norwegian Short Film Festival.

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Interview:

To being with, tell us about your latest film ‘Women and Wine’…

Woman and Wine is a comedic drama about Turid’s big fear of being replaced in a long and important friendship relationship. The film is about the fear of loosing fundamental pieces of friendship and the measures one will take when jealousy becomes a factor.

Where did the idea come from? How did you get involved with the film?

I’ve actually been in the same «mask scenario» my self, which was quite similar to the film’s Inciting Incident. One of my friends and me «kidnapped» a third friend as part of her bachelorette party. We both wore masks and the bride did only recognize me, not our other friend. Fortunately no drama or awkward situation occurred. But the situation soon became an idea with potential to the other writer, Thorkild and me. We saw the jealousy and drama witch later became the origin of the short film.

Ever since this idea came to me I have been involved in the project from the very beginning.

Lets talk about the cast, who is starring in ‘Women and Wine’?

The character, Turid is played by Marit A. Andreassen. She has played in several films and TV series in Norway. Besides film and TV she is also an advocate of the theater. I worked with her in my graduation film «Jackie» that i made in film school, and through that collaboration we developed a great way to work together. We are very honest with each other and give and receive much from each other. She has got a great ability to project her self onto her work with the character – and I love working with her.

When and where can we expect to see the film?

The film has had a very good festival run in US the past six months and we’re hoping that it will continue with screenings on upcoming festivals. Now we’re trying to get film on the Oscar shortlist and the dream would of course be a cinema release as an Oscar Nominee.

What are your influences as a filmmaker?

Most of all I am inspired by people around me. eavesdropping on the bus, the grocery store and people i meet in other public places. I´m inspired by real-life stories – and how hard people fight to get through their «simple» day-to-day life in Norway with heads held high. It`s fascinating how we fight to maintain social status, to avoid humiliation and to protect our sense of emotions and pride. I am inspired by petty-minded humanity and by the vulnerably we all carry with us. Even though I am more inspired by the real life, more so than with films, I still find inspiration in films i like. For example when i saw Maren Ade`s «Toni Ermann»

What is the next step for you? Do you have any other projects in production?

At the moment I am in pre production with a children`s series for NRK-Super (Norwegian Broadcaster). Humor and love drama for children between 9 and 12 years of age. After this I will go over to making a tv-series for an adult audience that is actually created from the short film, Women&Wine. Me and the other writer of Women&Wine are also the creators – This will be incredibly fun but at the same time scary and exiting! The shooting of this series will be in the beginning of 2019.

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