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An Affair

US Premiere

DIRECTED BY Henrik Martin Dahlsbakken

Country: Norway
Language: Norwegian
Subtitles: English
Original Title: En affære

Running Time: 93min
Film Year: 2018
Category: Knight Marimbas Award

Anita, a middle-aged, upper middle-class woman, has just taken a temporary job at a high school in an affluent suburb of Oslo — mostly out of boredom in her childless marriage to a busy, inattentive lawyer. She is caught completely off-guard when Markus, one of her students, pursues her sexually, and in a moment of vulnerability Anita gives in to him. For Markus, it is a casual one-time conquest to fulfill his curiosity of sex with an older woman. But for Anita, it triggers a romantic obsession and a quest for a furtive relationship with Markus, who is now the one bewildered by her attentions.

A mid-life crisis such as Anita’s has rarely been captured with the degree of emotional incisiveness of Henrik Martin Dahlsbakken’s new film. There’s a breathtaking suspense to how swiftly these realistically nuanced characters act on both their fears and their impulses, and there’s never a moment where we are not fully invested in Anita and Markus’ respective fates. An Affair explores the degree to which unfulfilled sexual need — and inability to even speak about it — has the capacity to destroy.


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Director: Henrik Martin Dahlsbakken
Producer: Henrik Martin Dahlsbakken
Screenwriter: Henrik Martin Dahlsbakken
Production Company: Filmbros Europe AS

Music: Stein Berge Svendsen
Cinematographer: Oskar Dahlsbakken
Editor: Vidar Flataukan

Cast: Andrea Bræin Hovig, Tarjei Sandvik Moe, Anneke von der Lippe, Carsten Bjørnlund, Agnes Kittelsen

Henrik Martin Dahlsbakken

Henrik Martin Dahlsbakken is from Hamar, Norway. He directed several short films before making his first feature film, Returning Home (2015), which was shortlisted as a candidate for Norway’s submission to the Oscars for Best Foreign Language Film. An Affair (2018) is his fifth feature film.