Ida's Diary

Ida's dagbok

  • August B. Hanssen
  • Norway
  • 2014
  • 61 min
  • World Premiere
  • IDFA Competition for Mid-Length Documentary
Ida Storm is a young Norwegian woman whose life is a series of great highs and deep lows caused by borderline personality disorder. Acts of self-harming from a period she has now left behind have left their marks on her body. Years ago, she started to record her own life using a simple HD camera or smart phone, and the result is a highly detailed and unflinchingly honest document. Through excerpts from this video diary, this film follows her up to the age of 26. Ida films in the mornings when her thoughts are as black as the nights at her favorite spot near the ocean, in the evenings at parties waiting stoically for the drugs to kick in, and in the afternoons when she thinks she can do anything and life is smiling at her. And then there are the mornings when she wakes up in the hospital, not sure what has happened to her. On camera, in front of the mirror or in the car, she reflects on her condition, on the expectations of those around her, on her youth – which she illustrates with home movies – and on today and the future. Increasingly, she succeeds in conquering her misery and breaking its shackles to reach a peak from which the world looks bearable once more.


  • 61 min
  • color
  • DCP
  • Spoken languages: Norwegian
  • Subtitles in: English
August B. Hanssen
Carsten Aanonsen for Indie Film
Mouka Filmi, Telling Productions, Chezville, Substans Film AS
Lars Erlend Øymo
Erik Andersson

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World Premiere
IDFA Competition for Mid-Length Documentary

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