INDIAN SUMMER PÅ DOK LEPZIG

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BOTH SCREENING WHERE SOLD OUT AND THERE WAS AN EXTRASCREENING

 SUNDAY 23.10 @ 11.OO

FROM THE PROGRAM CATALOUGE:

He wanted to be an Indian, live in the wild, be free. “I belong to the sea.” Sing Jimi Hendrix songs and dance, have an apartment, a life of his own. Instead he sits in a secure psychiatric ward, pumped full of psychotropic drugs, his lean boy’s face puffy, haunted by inner voices and panic attacks. “Jimi Hendrix wasn’t happy either.” Ellen Ugelstad accompanied her schizophrenic brother Torstein over a period of six years, through good phases and others when the disease took over. The film shows the vicious cycle of a psychiatric patient classified as “violent” and frequently immobilised, isolated and administered maximum doses of medication, which in turn increases his aggression. It also shows how helpless friends, family and even Torstein are in the face of the disease and how unable to cope with the situation on their own. The director manages the difficult feat of telling the story without mawkishness. Instead, Torstein’s inner world dominates the narrative: a striking wealth of brilliantly edited visual and audio material: ingeniously visualised diary entries, tape recordings of Torstein and his father, home movies, drawings, phone calls, photos, documentary footage, images of nature. The wealth of a – as he puts it – “lost soul”.

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