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The Lion Woman

Director: Vibeke Idsøe
NO, DE, SE 2016120' no

Set in a small Norwegian town, this epic and beautiful story starts in 1912. A weird girl is born with a body entirely covered in hair. Her mother dies when giving birth; her father is so ashamed that he tries to hide his daughter away from the world. Despite the many challenges she is faced with due to her appearance, she manages to overcome them. The girl’s  exceptional character and intelligence – especially in mathematics – takes her from the tiny railroad station to the big world. She becomes a professor lecturing at the Sorbonne in Paris.

A timeless story about universally human values, exclusion, the need for acceptance and standing up against one's fears. Adaptation from the Norwegian author Erik Fosnes Hansen’s international bestseller.

Curator's point of view: The film is close to our canonical idea of a classic Nordic film. In this magnificent big-budget production, one can wholeheartedly sympathize with ‘otherness’ as well as get to know life in a small Norwegian town in the beginning of the 20th century.

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