THE MEN'S ROOM
DCP/HD • COLOR • 2019 • NORWAY • 75' & 58'
A film by Petter Sommer & Jo Vemund Svendsen
Every Tuesday twenty-five tattooed middle-aged men take a break from their everyday lives, leave their wives and kids behind to meet and drink beer, tell bad jokes and sing dirty rock songs.
They even promised each other to sing at their funerals – a joke of course, it never occurred to them that it’s ever going to happen. One day, when one of them confides he’s got little time left, they realize that none of them are immortal when in the same time, they land their biggest gig ever – opening a Black Sabbath concert.
Produced by Fuglene AS
Original language: Norwegian
Petter Sommer and Jo Vemund Svendsen are journalists making their feature documentary debut.
Petter Sommer has directed TV documentaries "When Dad Kills" (2013) and "Operation Conspiracy" (2014), which both won the highest National Awards. He is also a sound engineer and sound designer. Petter still works as journalist at NRK.
Jo Vemund Svendsen has previously worked as a journalist at VGTV, NTB and P4, where he was a US correspondent for several years. From 2016, Jo works in the documentary world while remaining a journalist and a researcher; the program "A Little Island in the World" won the highest National Award for Best News Programming in 2012.
Festivals: Bergen IFF • CPH:DOX • Moscow IFF • Krakow IFF • Doc Edge Festival • Biografilm Festival
Awards: Best Norwegian Documentary, Bergen IFF 2018 • Nordic:Dox Award, CPH:DOX 2019