Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 20, 2021

Underdog
(Svenskjävel)

Year: 2015
Country: SWEDEN, NORWAY
Run Time: 97 minutes

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UNDERDOG depicts a grim new Swedish reality that belies the country’s image as a nation of socially enlightened families living in bright IKEA-filled spaces. Dino, an aimless young woman estranged from her alcoholic father, is the face of modern Sweden. Like 80,000 of her countrymen, she has fled unemployment for a new life in Oslo. But in Norway she’s treated like a dog, caught in a destructive spiral of day labor and a chaotic living situation. Dino finds a part-time job in a sushi restaurant owned by Steffen, a former tennis pro who’s raising two daughters while his wife is off doing good in Africa. His overweight 16-year-old is desperately in need of attention. Into the void steps Dino, who takes on the role of laid-back babysitter and family peacekeeper. Soon the balance of power in Steffen and Dino’s relationship plays itself out in unexpected ways. This powerful film by gifted young director Ronnie Sandahl features a hard-hitting performance by feminist artist Bianca Kronlöf. (In Norwegian and Swedish with subtitles) – B.B.

CIFF39 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Friday, March 20, 2015 at 9:20 AM -
Friday, March 20, 2015 at 11:00 AM

Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 2:35 PM -
Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 4:10 PM

Sunday, March 22, 2015 at 3:50 PM -
Sunday, March 22, 2015 at 5:25 PM

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Director
Ronnie Sandahl

Ronnie Sandahl is a director, novelist, and journalist. At 14 he was writing for his local newspaper, and at 18 he was recruited to write a column for Aftonbladet, the largest daily in Scandinavia. His debut novel, published when he was 22, gained him much attention and many followers on social media.

Filmography
UNDERDOG (2014)

Producers
Annika Hellström, Martin Persson, Gudny Hummelvoll

Screenwriting
Ronnie Sandahl

Cinematography
Ita Zbroniec-Zajt

Editing
Åsa Mossberg

Principal Cast
Bianca Kronlöf, Henrik Rafaelsen, Mona Kristiansen, Naomi Emelie Christensen Beck, Petronella Barker

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