The film was awarded “Best Screenplay” at the Tribeca Film Festival as well as “Best Debut Film” at the Rome Film Festival. Laced with warmth and quirky humor, Turn Me On, Dammit! (Få meg på, for faen!) is a light-hearted take on a story that is told so often about boys and so rarely about teenage girls. The movie is now opening in upstate New York. It will also screen in Boston, San Diego and Philadelphia from April 27.
Turn Me On, Dammit! starts Friday April 27 in BOSTON, SAN DIEGO and PHILADELPHIA. Detailed information here.
It is moving in the Boston area to the Coolidge Corner (Brookline) http://www.coolidge.org/ this Friday, May 4th.
The film is also opening in upstate New York this weekend and will be screening in Woodstock and Rhinebeck. For more information: http://upstatefilms.org/.
The Norwegian movie “TURN ME ON, DAMMIT!” had its U.S. Theatrical Premiere March 30.
About the movie:
15-year-old Alma (Helene Bergsholm) is consumed by her out-of-control hormones and fantasies that range from sweetly romantic images of Artur, the boyfriend she yearns for, to down-and-dirty daydreams about practically everybody she lays eyes on. Alma and her best friend Sara live in an insufferably boring little town in the hinterlands of Norway called Skoddeheimen, a place they loathe so much that every time their school bus passes the sign that names it, they routinely flip it off. After Alma has a stimulating yet awkward encounter with Artur, she makes the mistake of telling her incredulous friends, who ostracize her at school, until Sara can’t even be seen with her. At home, Alma’s single mother is overwhelmed and embarrassed by her daughter’s extravagant phone sex bills and wears earplugs to muffle Alma’s round-the-clock acts of self-gratification. Throughout, the complexities of Alma’s burgeoning sexuality are compassionately rendered by Systad Jacobsen with a frankness that always rings true, as does first-time actress Helene Bergsholm’s funny and moving performance as Alma.
Turn Me On, Dammit! (Norway, 2011) Written and directed by Jannicke Systad Jacobson, based on the novel by Olaug Nilssen. Produced by Brede Hovland and Sigve Endresen. Cinematography by Marianne Bakke. Original Music by Ginge Anvik. Edited by Zaklina Stojcevska. Starring Helene Bergsholm, Malin Bjørhovde, Henriette Steenstrup, Matias Myren, and Beate Støfring.
About Jannicke Systad Jacobson:
Born in Norway in 1975, Writer/Director Jannicke Systad Jacobsen studied film directing at FAMU, the Czech Republic’s national film school, and at the London International Film School. Her documentaries, including the television documentary Sandmann: The story of a Socialist Superman (2005) and the documentary feature Scenes from a Friendship (2009), are notable for their sense of humor. Sandmann was nominated for the Norwegian national television prize for Best Documentary and her short documentary The Clown Children (2005) was shown at more than seventy film festivals worldwide and won several prizes. Systad Jacobsen’s other films include: The documentary shorts A Little Red Dot (2001), The Stamp and the Lighthouse (2002) and War on Paranoia (2003), and the television documentary The Pizza Fairy Tale (2007).
About New Yorker Films:
For over forty-five years, New Yorker Films has been America’s leading source for the films on the cutting edge of world cinema. The company was founded in 1965 by Daniel Talbot as an outgrowth of his legendary movie house, the New Yorker Theater. Unable to obtain several crucial foreign titles, Talbot imported them himself. Early acquisitions such as Bernardo Bertolucci’s Before the Revolution, Godard’s Les Carabiniers, and Ousmane Sembene’s Black Girl established a company that would go on to distribute films by such legendary directors as Eric Rohmer, Luis Buñuel, Jacques Rivette, Alain Resnais, Claude Chabrol, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Werner Herzog, Nagisa Oshima, Jean-Pierre Melville, Robert Bresson, Krzysztof Kieslowski, Tomás Gutiérrez Alea, The Dardennes, Abbas Kiarostami, Claire Denis, Carlos Diegues, Jia Zhang-ke, Nuri Bilge Ceylan and Hong Sang-soo. With Jannicke Systad Jacobsen’s Turn Me On, Dammit!, New Yorker continues its vital tradition of presenting the works of new directors. Additional titles to be released by New Yorker Films in 2012 include Fábio Barreto’s Lula, Son of Brazil, Jessica Sanders’ March of the Living, Bruno Dumont’s Hors Satan, and reissues of Rivette’s Celine and Julie Go Boating and Euzhan Palcy’s Sugar Cane Alley on new 35mm prints.