'100% Human', a Norwegian documentary about true identity with a musical twist, will show during the 20th London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival (LLGFF).
The film follows Monica, born Morten, who at the age of 22 had her body surgically altered to fit the gender she felt inside. This may seem like a radical step for a 22-year-old, but in teh film she easily shows the strength of her conviction and explores the background to her choice. Filmed in the months immediately before and after surgery, Monica dreams of a new future while dealing with the hard realities of transitioning. She worries about pain and scars, spends time with her mother and falls for a boy on the train. Those around her worry, question and root for her, even as some of them mourn the loss of Morten. This intimate documentary combines traditional interview styles with video diary footage, classy re-enactments and Euro-pop musical numbers where Monica presents herself as the diva she always knew she'd be.
The film is directed by Trond Winterkjær and Jan Dalchow. Winterkjær has worked with theatre, ballet, film and TV over the last 16 years. He has a Bachelor in Directing for Television Professional Broadcasting from Lillehammer University College and directed both 'I love whom I want to love' and 'Dirty, sinful me'. Starting out as a dancer with several years of stage experience, he continued as editor, TV promo producer, and has worked as post-production chief editor and producer of reality shows 'Villa Medusa' and 'Robinson-ekspedisjonen' (the Norwegian version of 'Survivor').
Dalchow started out in radio, before working as show host, technical director, commercials editor, sound designer and music producer, finally concentrating on film and TV in 1995. A self-schooled jack-of-all-trades, he is well versed in the production of most mass media. He initiated and produced 'I love whom I want to love', directed and produced 'Dirty, sinful me', and co-directed 'Precious Moments'.
Second Norwegian film at the festival
In addition, the Norwegian 30 minute documentary 'Kjell', directed by Tonje Kristiansen, will also be shown. The film follows Kjell who discovered he was gay in the early 1950s. Love had to be looked for abroad. Since he was good-looking, intelligent, and charming, he soon became popular in St. Tropez, Cannes, Paris, and London. However, only brief affairs came of this. Today time and opportunities have passed him by. Kjell is past his sell-by date, as he puts it himself. Yet he still dreams, but his dreams are like Gloria Swanson's in «Sunset Boulevard». With bittersweet charm he tells his life story, in words and pictures from his past career as a young model - up to his present situation as a disabled man knitting and watching videos, thinking about his past.
'Kjell' shows as part of the 'Brief Lives' programme on 8 April at 8.30pm at the National Film Theatre.
The 20th London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival
The 20th London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival opens on 29 March with a gala screening of 'Happy Endings' at the Odeon Leicester Square - making this one of the world’s largest ever lesbian and gay film events. 'Happy Endings', directed by Don Roos ('The Opposite of Sex'), is a LA comedy of manners centring around love, betrayal, sperm donors and adoption acted out by an ensemble cast including Maggie Gyllenhaal, Lisa Kudrow, Steve Coogan and Laura Dern.
As the UK’s third largest film festival, the LLGFF offers an unrivalled showcase for the best in European and World films, welcoming audiences of over 25,000 and playing host to more than 100 visiting film-makers and actors. For 20 years the festival has inspired and supported film-makers and viewers - and it continues to go from strength to strength. This year’s festival has built on this unique heritage to remind its audience of the diversity of lesbian and gay life with contributions from Japan, Argentina, Israel, Iceland, the Philippines, Korea, Spain, Norway, France, Germany, Canada, the USA, India and the UK.
8 April, 1.50pm
National Film Theatre / NFT3
Box office: 020 7928 3232 or online, click here.
20th London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival
29 March – 12 April
Booking information for all films:
LLGFF Box Office on 020 7928 3232 or online, click here.
Opening and Closing Night Galas: £15
Centrepiece screenings: £10
Standard film screening: £8.20
Standard film screening for NFT Members: £7.20