Gunnar Goes God

Synopsis


A Scandinavian man’s quest for truth in the experience of God vs. the experience of middleclass boredom.

The Norwegian family man Gunnar feels that despite having everything he needs in his hectic middleclass life, something is missing. He understands that he longs for silence and spirituality. After dissecting his life and the way Scandinavians organizes their lives, Gunnar decides to travel to the world’s first Christian monastery in Egypt to find tranquility and perhaps even the truth.

In the monastery, Gunnar takes part in the everyday life of the monks, talking with them about reality, solitude and death. Their way of life is based on silence, prayers and meditation. Could it be that in this simple philosophy there are qualities that the Scandinavians have lost? Does the atheist Gunnar actually long for a piece of this? If yes: Is it possible to bring parts of this back from the monastery and into our modern lives?

Credits


Director:
Gunnar Hall Jensen

Producer:
Elin Sander

Editor:
Geir Hørnes

Original Music:
Erlend Fauske

Written by:
Gunnar Hall Jensen and Elin Sander

DOP:
Anders Jørgensen, Gunnar Hall Jensen, Zulfikar Fahmy

Cast


Elin Sander
Gunnar Hall Jensen
Zulfikar Fahmy
Øyvind Rydland

Production details


Original title
Gunnar Goes God

Year
2010

Length
85 min

Language
English, Norwegian

Subtitles
Norwegian, English

Format
HDcam, DCP, 35 mm, DVD, Blu-Ray

Production company
Agitator

Production country
Norway

Sales/Distribution
Word Sales: Kudos Family. Festival Distribution: Norwegian Film Institute

Website
http://agitator.no/

Awards & Festivals



Festivals:

2011 CHP:DOX Copenhagen International Film Festival, Denmark

2011 Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival, Czech Republic

2011 DOK Leipzig, Germany

2011 DMZ Korean International Film Festival, South Korea

2011 Doxa Documentary Film Festival, Canada

2011 Planete Doc Review Warsawa – Poland

2011 Docville Leuven, Belgium

2011 Minneapolis – St. Paul International Film Festival, USA

2011 VISIONS DU REEL Nyon, Switzerland

2011 Gimle Filmfest, Norway

2011 Gøteborg International Film Fesitval, Sweden

2010 Nordisk Panorama – Five Cities Film Festival, Bergen Norway

Presskit


Images

Gunnar in desert
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Poster

Gunnar with monk
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Lead character Gunnar
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Monk in desert
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BBQ
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Monk in desert
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Monk in monastery of St Macarius library
Credit: Søren Wilbeck

Villa and volvo, the middleclass man
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Crew in desert
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