Maria Sødahl’s latest feature Hope, starring Stellan Skarsgård (Chernobyl) and Andrea Bræin Hovig (An Affair), has been selected for the Panorama Section of the Berlin International Film Festival (20th February – 1st March), where it will also receive its European premiere.
The film explores what happens when someone is given three months to live. Anja (Andrea Bræin Hovig) and Tomas (Stellan Skarsgård) share a home with each other and their children, but over the years they have grown apart. So when Anja is diagnosed with terminal brain cancer the day before Christmas, their neglected love is exposed as their lives break down.
Maria Sødahl said: “Showing Hope in Berlin, the world’s largest film festival, is absolutely wonderful! We get to meet a wide audience, international press and begin the launch of the film outside of Norway. I have great faith in this remarkable love story and its ability to reach many people.”
Hope (Håp) enjoyed a successful world premiere as part of the Discovery Section at the Toronto International Film Festival in September, and received a theatrical release in Norway in November.