225 Trying Freedom (OT: Prøvetid)

Trying Freedom (OT: Prøvetid) (225)

16:00, Friday 03rd July, Theatre B


  • Director: Thor Bekkavik (NOR)
  • Year: 2008
  • Run time: 80'
  • Format: 35mm, Colour

Three drug addicts, and a man convicted of attempted murder are released from prison. Through a theater group, they are given an opportunity to show a different side of themselves. They are used to standing alone, but now they are forced to work together in order to complete a shared goal - the opening night. Full of ambition, they begin by making a pact. Not long after, the battle begins with cheating, deceit and self-betrayal. In order to act you have to know who you are; you have to be ruthlessly honest. Opening night steadily approaches and slowly but surely they discover that they all are struggling against the same enemy – themselves.
Some fall. Some give up. A few stand tall and fight on.
Trying Freedom shows how difficult it is to trust anyone, when you deep inside don’t trust yourself. Tears, laughter and excitement – a strong and entertaining tale about creativity, lies, enemies and friendship, but most of all an exciting film about the importance of having someone believe you can do it – breaking the vicious cycle.

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