• Halvor Nitteberg
  • Norway
  • 2016
  • 13 min
  • International Premiere
  • IDFA Competition for Kids & Docs
Life for a 12-year-old Norwegian girl named Thea is defined by severe epileptic seizures that can last for hours. This film tells her story using black-and-white stills that are sometimes presented in quick succession and at other times linger. We see a loving and concerned look from one of her parents, a reassuring caress, or Thea’s armband that reads “epilepsy.” Directors Halvor Nitteberg and Elisabeth Aspelin chose this form to make palpable the gaps in Thea’s memory – those moments of lost consciousness during her seizures. Meanwhile, the soundtrack continues on. We accompany Thea to her doctor, who says that she has even induced coma to stop a seizure. “It can be really dangerous sometimes.” We watch as Thea jokes around with her friends. She has a passion for helicopters and really wants to become a pilot – perhaps unsurprising, given that her life has already been saved a couple of times because she could be flown directly to the hospital.


  • 13 min
  • black and white
  • DCP
  • Spoken languages: Norwegian
  • Subtitles in: English
Halvor Nitteberg
Elisabeth Aspelin
Halvor Nitteberg for Nitteberg Film & Tv, Elisabeth Aspelin for Nitteberg Film & Tv
Øystein Mamen
Anette Stålem Flittig, Elisabeth Aspelin

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International Premiere
IDFA Competition for Kids & Docs

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