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Sick of Myself

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Canadian Premiere

Signe (Kristine Kujath Thorp) and Thomas’ (Eirik Sæther) relationship is so toxic that they should probably don hazmat suits. (Sorry, Joachim Trier: these are the worst people in the world.) And when he becomes a cause célèbre in conceptual art circles thanks to his inane installations of stolen chairs, Signe is suddenly starved for attention. What’s a self-aggrandizing narcissist to do but order black market meds from Russia that have been banned for hideous side effects that would leave Cronenberg averting his eyes? As her skin becomes a science experiment gone wrong and she starts coming apart at the seams, social media sympathy is fast to follow.

Taking cues from Tom Waits’ adage, “I like beautiful melodies telling me terrible things,” Kristoffer Borgli helms an immaculately shot and utterly merciless takedown of fame culture. As Signe gorges her pathological need for validation, Borgli’s transgressive satire serves as a wickedly comic reminder of how cringe-inducing the concept of “going viral” should be.

 

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Director
Cast

Kristine Kujath Thorp, Eirik Sæther, Fanny Vaager, Fredrik Stenberg Ditlev-Simonsen, Sarah Francesca Brænne, Ingrid Vollan

Credits
Country of Origin

Norway

Year

2022

Language

In Norwegian with English subtitles

Film Contact
18+

At VIFF Centre — Vancity Theatre

19+

At The Rio

97 min
Comedy Drama

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Credits

Producer

Andrea Berentsen Ottmar, Dyveke Bjørkly Graver

Screenwriter

Kristoffer Borgli

Cinematography

Benjamin Loeb

Production Design

Henrik Svensson

Original Music

Turns

Art Director

Mette Haukeland

Director

Kristoffer Borgli headshot, Sick of Myself director

Photo by Bjarne Bare

Kristoffer Borgli

Kristoffer Borgli is a Los Angeles-based Norwegian writer and director. His numerous works of short and long format films have screened at festivals like Sundance and SXSW.

Filmography: Drib (2017)