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Lilja Ingolfsdottir’s feature debut, Loveable, to premiere at Karlovy Vary

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- Slated to be showcased in the main competition of the Czech festival, the picture follows a 40-year-old mother of four who is struggling to save her marriage

Lilja Ingolfsdottir’s feature debut, Loveable, to premiere at Karlovy Vary
l-r: Helga Guren and Oddgeir Thune in Loveable (© Nordisk Film)

Writer-director Lilja Ingolfsdottir’s debut feature, Loveable, will world-premiere at the upcoming Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, running this year from 28 June-6 July. The picture will be showcased in the Crystal Globe competition of the A-list gathering (see the news). The feature was presented during the Finnish Film Affair and subsequently took home the Top Prize for Best Upcoming Nordic Project.

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Before embarking on the making of her first feature, Ingolfsdottir helmed several shorts, including What We Fear (2022) and Neglect (2010).

Loveable revolves around 40-year-old Maria, a mother of four, who must come to terms with herself when her husband says that he wants a divorce. The creative team bills it as “an interpersonal film about a break-up, but also about a woman’s opportunity for self-knowledge and growth, and having to deal with unconscious and dysfunctional patterns in herself”.

The main cast includes Helga Guren (22 July), Oddgeir Thune (Blind Spot [+see also:
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) and Elisabeth Sand. Key creatives are DoP Øystein Mamen and editor Anton Robsahm, who cut the picture alongside Ingolfsdottir.

Budgeted at €900,000, Loveable is being staged by Thomas Robsahm (The Worst Person in the World [+see also:
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) for Nordisk Film Production A/S (Denmark) and Amarcord (Norway), with backing from the Norwegian Film Institute and the Nordisk Film & TV Fond. The executive producers are Sveinung Golimo and Henrik Zein. Its domestic distribution has been entrusted to Nordisk Film Distribution, whilst its international sales are being handled by TrustNordisk.

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