Title: Underdog (Svenskjävel)
Language: Swedish, Norwegian
Duration: 97 minutes
Director: Ronnie Sandahl
Screenwriter: Ronnie Sandahl
Cinematographer: Ita Zbroniec-Zajt
Editor: Åsa Mossberg
Producers: Annika Hellström / Cinenic Film, Martin Persson / Anagram, Gudny Hummelvoll / Hummelfilm
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FESTIVALS AND AWARDS
2014 Zurich International Film Festival (awarded with BEST DEBUT award plus TWO SPECIAL MENTION for acting), Switzerland
2014 Chicago Film Festiva (winner of GOLD HUGO in New directors Competition), USA
2014 Nordic Film Days (winner Baltic Award), Germany
2014 Vilnius International Film Festival (Best Actress in LesArcs and Vilnius Int’l FF)
23-year-old Dino (Bianca Kronlöf) dreams of a different life. Like an abundance of Swedes her age, she has fled the mass unemployment of her home country in search of a more worthwhile existence in a nouveau- riche Oslo. But her new life is caught in deadlock – Dino finds herself stuck in a destructive loop of temporary jobs, nancial trouble and hard partying.
A broken arm incidentally leads to a position as a housekeeper in a Norwegian middle-class home. Dino is thrown into a reality very far from her own. During a few sultry summer weeks she ends up in the centre of an odd love triangle, an unpredictable struggle for a affection as well as dominance.
”Underdog” is a tender and raw story of privilege and longing, yet at the same time a humorous and unmerciful observation of the shifted power balance between Sweden and Norway – an actuality where Swedes have become the Norwegians’ servants.