Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square


Year: 2019
Country: NORWAY
Language: Norwegian, English
Run Time: 93 minutes


On the surface, 19-year-old Mirjam lives a seemingly perfect, downright enviable life. She’s confident, gorgeous, and popular. She’s a renowned world-champion dancer. And she’s the stepdaughter of an evangelical leader who runs a hip, wildly successful youth church called The Freedom. Her life is a portrait of pious Scandinavian perfection. That is until one day when she takes a stumble during a dance competition. This seemingly small misstep ricochets throughout her entire existence and mystically begins a period of dramatic change and emotional turmoil in her life. She starts to question her identity, her family, and, most of all, her faith. Desperate for guidance, she doubles down and joins an intensely conservative religious congregation that pushes her to the very edge. This mesmerizing, haunting film punctures Mirjam’s fragile reality and then lures the audience into an elusive, shape-shifting cinematic experience that is beguiling and deeply unnerving. Rapturous, exquisite cinematography complements a raw lead performance, making DISCO a glittering, provocative fever dream unlike anything you’ve ever seen. (In English and Norwegian with subtitles) — R.J.T.

CIFF44 Screenings

Monday, March 30, 2020 at 11:20 AM

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 at 9:30 PM

Wednesday, April 01, 2020 at 4:25 PM

Wednesday, April 15, 2020 at 11:00 AM -
Tuesday, April 28, 2020 at 10:00 PM

Accessibility (?)
Closed Captions: No
Audio Description: No
English Subtitles: No

Women of the World

Reel Women Direct Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman
International Narrative Competition


Jorunn Myklebust Syversen

Maria Ekerhovd

Jorunn Myklebust Syversen

Marius Matzow Gulbrandsen

Frida Eggum Michaelsen, Mina Nybakke

Principal Cast
Josefine Frida, Kjærsti Odden Skjeldal, Nicolai Cleve Broch, Andrea Bræin Hovig, Espen Klouman Høiner, Fredericke Rustad Hellerud, Terje Syversen

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