The Men's Room

Norway | 2018 | documentary | 75 min. DocFilmMusic competition

The supporting act before the concert of Black Sabbath in Norway in 2016 was to be delivered by a choir made of 25 middle-aged men. Once, jokingly, they promised one another that if one of them died, they would sing together at his funeral. It turns out that Ivar, who directed the choir for many years, is the first one to go. Despite his cancer diagnosis and increasingly weaker condition, he does not stop the preparations for the performance. The film tells the story of a shared passion, brusque male friendship and being together in the most important moments.

directed by

Petter Sommer

Norwegian director, journalist and sound designer based in Oslo. He has directed the documentaries "When Dad Kills" (2013) and "Operation conspiracy" (2014). Both films won Gullruten and were produced by Norsk Fjernsyn AS for TV 2. "The Men's Room" is his first feature-length documentary.

Jo Vemud Svendsen

Jo Vemund Svendsen (29) is a Norwegian director and journalist. He was awarded «The radio talent of the year» in Norway in 2012 after taking his bachelor degree in journalism from Oslo and Akershus University College. Svendsen worked on the "22. July"-documentary "A small island in the world» (2011). The film won Gullruten and Nymphes d'Or in Monte Carlo. "The Men's Room" is his first feature-length documentary.

cinematography
Petter Sommer, Jo Vemud Svendsen
script
Petter Sommer, Jo Vemud Svendsen
music
Martin Horntveth
editing
Petter Sommer, Jo Vemud Svendsen
production
Kari Anne Moe, Gudmundur Gunnarsson (FUGLENE)