Ahead of its Norwegian premiere on 26th August, Lion Woman (Løvekvinnen) has now been sold to 40 countries. With a budget of NOK 80 million, Lion Woman is the most expensive Norwegian film made since Kon-Tiki (NOK 93 million) in 2012.
In Lion Woman, Eva Arctander is born with hypertrichosis, meaning that she is covered from head to toe with fine blonde hair. Her father is so ashamed of her that he hides her away from the world in their apartment. However, Eva’s nanny fights for her right to be treated like everyone else.
Director, Vibeke Idsøe, told NRK: “Lion Woman is a story of otherness and exclusion, but with a starring role that is never a victim.”
“We can all feel outside and weird, but what is special with Eva is that her feeling is permanent. She is born with a mask that she will carry throughout her life. How she handles it in the outside world is what fascinates me.”