Babycall (Babycall)

An over-protective mother, who moves to a secret address with her eight-year-old son after a difficult divorce. She buys a babycall to better watch over him, which seems to be activated from other apartments in the block. One day she overhears what she thinks is the murder of a child.

Anna and her eight year old son Anders are under the witness protection program following a difficult relationship with Anders father. They move into a large apartment complex. Anna becomes overprotective of her son and even buys a babycall to keep track of him. Soon, strange noices from other apartments appear on the monitor, and Anna overhears what might be the murder of a child. Meanwhile, Anders mysterious new friend starts visiting at odd hours, claiming that he has keys for all the doors in the building Does this new friend know anything about the murder?
And why is Anders drawing stained with blood? Is Annas son still in danger?

Production and distribution

Production Year
2011
Country of origin
Norway
Release date (national)
2011-10-07
Production Company
4 1/2 AS
Krusesgt. 8
N-0263 Oslo
Executive Producer
Marius Holst
Karin Julsrud
Håkon Øverås
Pål Sletaune
Producer
Turid Øversveen
Line Producer
Bent Rognlien
Associate Producer
Guttorm Petterson
Cristoph Ott
Michael Weber
Co-producer
Karl Baumgartner
Anna Croneman
Co-production Company
Bob Film Sweden AB
Pandora Filmproduktion
Festival Contact
NFI Features
International sales
The Match Factory GmbH

Crew

Director
Pål Sletaune
Manuskript
Pål Sletaune
D.O.P.
John Andreas Andersen
Editor
Jon Endre Mørk
Composer
Fernando Velazquez
Production Designer
Roger Rosenberg
Costume Designer
Ellen Ystehede
Make-up Artist
Anja Dahl
Sound Designer
Tormod Ringnes
Christian Schaanning
Sound Engineer
Morten Solum
Casting
Celine Engebrigtsen

Technical information

Sjanger
Thriller
Format
35mm
Shooting format
35mm
Bildeformat
1:2,35
Farge
NOT TRANSLATED: filmdb.colorsystem.color
Lydsystem
Dolby SRD
Length in min's
96'
Language
Norwegian
Swedish

Director

Pål Sletaune

Pål Sletaune

Director, producer and screenwriter Pål Sletaune (b. 1960) holds degrees in literature, photography and art history from the University of Oslo, and has become one of Norway’s foremost directors for both feature films and commercials. Sletaune started his career directing the documentary Merz in 1991, before turning to short film with The Bingo Place in 1992. He made his feature film debut with the critically acclaimed comedic drama Junk Mail in 1997.

Two of Sletaunes short films, The Bingo Place and Eating Out, entered in a number of international film festivals and have won several awards. Eating Out won the Grand prix at the Hamburg International Short Film Festival in 1994.

All of Sletaunes feature films have been selected for participation at major festivals, like Cannes, Venice and Toronto. His first feature, Junk Mail, won the grand prize at the International Critics' Week at the Cannes International Film Festival in 1997. The film received rave reviews at the festival and was also selected for the Sundance Film Festival. It was a box office hit in Norway, and sold to more than 40 countries. It won several other awards as well, such as the Jury Award at the Sao Paulo International Film Festival, the Silver Award at the Tokyo International Film Festival, the Silver Spur Award at the Flanders International Film Festival and the FIPRESCI Award at the Stockholm Film Festival. It also won the coveted Norwegian National Film Award Amanda for Best Feature Film, as well as for best actor and actress. In 1998 Variety proclaimed Sletaune as one of the ten most promising directors worldwide.

Sletaune is also a well known director of commercials with several international awards, including Gold and Silver Lions in Cannes. His features have sold very well internationally, with two of his feature films also selling remake rights to the US and Australia.

In 1998 Sletaune started the successful production company 4 1/2 along with fellow director Marius Holst and producers Turid Øversveen and Håkon Øverås. The company produces feature films and commercials.

Cast

Anna
Noomi Rapace
Helge
Kristoffer Joner
Anders
Vetle Qvenild Werring
Ole
Stig Amdam
Grete
Maria Bock
Darkhaired boy
Torkil Johannes Høeg Swensen

Visning på festivaler

2011
Rome Film Festival
2011
Hof International Film Festival
2011
Nordic Film Days Lübeck
2011
Thessaloniki International Film Festival
2011
Seville European Film Festival
2011
Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival
2012
Gérardmer International Fantasy Film Festival - Fantastic`Arts
2012
Guadalajara International Film Festival
2012
Lichter Filmfest Frankfurt International
2012
CPH:PIX
2012
Imagine Film Festival (Amsterdam Fantastic Film Festival)
2012
Transilvania International Film Festival
2012
PiFan - Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival
2012
MotelX - Lisbon International Horror Film Festival
2012
Molodist - Kiev International Film Festival
2012
Kaunas International Film Festival
2012
Brisbane International Film Festival
2013
Tokyo Northern Lights Festival
2013
Sofia International Film Festival
2013
Norwegian Film Week, Moscow
2013
Marrakech International Film Festival
2015
Les Arcs European Film Festival

Prizes

2011
Rome Film Festival: Best actress to Noomi Rapace
2012
Gérardmer International Fantasy Film Festival - Fantastic`Arts: Grand Prix
2012
Guadalajara International Film Festival: The Film Critic's Prize
2012
Lichter Filmfest Frankfurt International: Best Feature Film