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Directed by Tuva Novotny

Norway 2018 98 mins. In Norwegian with subtitles

Making her feature debut with this immersive single-take family drama, actress-turned-director Novotny delivers one of the year’s most emotionally gripping films. Using parental grief as its raw material, Blind Spot follows an average middle-class Norwegian family through one harrowing night of uncertainty with ostensibly simple yet deeply complex roots. Featuring assured performances across the board, particularly Pia Tjelta’s towering portrayal of despairing mother Maria, the film provides an opportunity to think about the crucial role of family in our lives, the hidden pieces of family history we may prefer to keep buried, and the unseen crises affecting those around us who may be quietly crying out for help.

Filmography: First feature

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