#Cinema Balkan 17# Doc: The Self Portrait, 2020, *MUST SEE *
THE SELF PORTRAIT
Norway Protected content Director: Margreth Olin, Katja Hogset, Espen Wallin – Original language: Norwegian – German Version
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One of best documentaries I've seen at DocFest München in Protected content !!!
Available on arte until 17/09/2020
WARNING: This is an uncomfortable and upsetting watch but highly important and an film I would show in schools since more and more kids are affected by eating disorder.
A powerful documentary about Norwegian photographer Lene Marie Fossen and her lifelong struggle with anorexia.
When she was 10 years old, Lene Marie Fossen stopped eating. For the next 20 years, she lived with anorexia, a condition so punishing that she never went through puberty, continuing to live in an emaciated child’s body until her death in October Protected content . But as both Fossen and this achingly sad documentary are at pains to point out, she was more than just a disease.
Over the course of several years, directors Katja Høgset, Margreth Olin and Espen Wallin chronicle Fossen’s remarkable work as a rising-star fine art photographer. Her talent and passion look, for a while at least, as if they could be the only things which could defeat this illness. But anorexia is a disease not easily shaken once it takes hold. Through her art, and her candour in front of both her own camera and that of the filmmakers, The Self Portrait explores Fossen’s complicated relationship with the most deadly of all psychiatric conditions.
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