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Mamma Gógó

Mamma Gógó is about Gógó, an elderly lady, who is diagnosed with Alzheimer disease and her son’s and family’s reaction to her illness. While Gógó is continuously getting herself into trouble, of the kind only a person with Alzheimer can, the son, the director, is struggling with financial troubles after his film Children of Nature has flopped in the cinema. As Gógó‘s disease progresses her family decides that it is best for her to move to a nursing home. Gógó and her deceased husband, who appears on the scene, are not happy with that decision. The director is dependent on others when it comes to his finances and when Gógó settles into the nursing home he decides to sell his mother’s apartment and valuable artwork but the profits of the sale help him to get by.

The Icelandic film 79’ af stöðinni from 1961 comes to play in Mamma Gógó but the leading couple in that film were Kristbjörg Kjeld and Gunnar Eyjólfsson the same actors who play Gógó and her deceased husband in Mamma Gógó. Gógó’s memories of her husband are also connected to 79’ af stöðinni but scenes from the film are used in Mamma Gógó when Gógó reflects on her life while disappearing more and more into her disease.

Mamma Gógó demonstrates the tragicomical side of Alzheimer and the difficulties and conflict of the relatives is portrayed in a unique way in the mother and son’s relationship. Simultaneously, Fridrik satirizes the political environment of his society which has affected his film making – for better and for worse.

Crew

About the film

  • Type
    Feature Film
  • National Premiere Date
    January 1, 2010, Háskólabíó
  • Genre
    Drama
  • Length
    90 min.
  • Language
    Icelandic
  • Original Title
    Mamma Gógó
  • International Title
    Mamma Gógó
  • Production Year
    2010
  • Production Countries
    Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Germany, United Kingdom
  • IMDB
  • Icelandic Film Centre Grant
    Yes
  • Production Format
    RED
  • Aspect Ratio
    1.85:1
  • Color
    Yes
  • Sound
    Dolby Digital
  • Screening format and subtitles
    35mm w. English sub. - 35mm w. French sub. DCP w. English sub. - DigiBeta w.English sub. - Blu Ray w, English sub.

Festivals

  • 2014
    Festival Cinemá d'Alés - Itinérances
  • 2014
    Salisbury International Arts Festival
  • 2013
    Scandinavia House New York, USA
  • 2012
    Film festival by the Sea, Holland
  • 2012
    Two Riversides Film and Art Festival, Pollandi
  • 2012
    4 Steps into the Great North - Icelandic Days, Rome, Italy
  • 2012
    Tokyo Northern Lights Festival, Japan
  • 2012
    Fajr Festival International Film Festival, Teheran, Iran
  • 2012
    Festival Air d'Islande, France
  • 2012
    A L'est du Nouveau, Mont-Saint-Aignan, France
  • 2011
    Scandinavian Film Days Bonn
  • 2011
    Polar Lights International Arctic Film Festival, Murmunsk - Award: Best actress in a leading role (Kristbjörg Kjeld).
  • 2011
    Cleveland International Film Festival
  • 2011
    Washington DC International Film Festival
  • 2011
    Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival
  • 2011
    Skandinavische Film Tage Bonn
  • 2011
    Arctic Film Festival
  • 2011
    Espoo Cine Finnland
  • 2011
    Stony Brook Film Festival
  • 2011
    Shanghai International Film Festival
  • 2011
    Fünf-Seen-Filmfestival, Germany
  • 2011
    Galway Film Fleadh, Ireland
  • 2011
    Gimli Film Festival
  • 2011
    Festroia International Film Festival (Portugal) - Award: Audience Award.
  • 2011
    Göteborg International Film Festival
  • 2011
    Cinequest Film Festival
  • 2011
    Miami International Film Festival
  • 2011
    Sofia International Film Festival
  • 2011
    Guadaljara International Film Festival
  • 2011
    Cinema Mundi International Film Festival
  • 2011
    Istanbul Film Festival
  • 2011
    Filmfest DC
  • 2011
    Taste of Iceland
  • 2011
    Scottsdale Film Festival
  • 2011
    Sagenhaftes Island / Deutsches Film Museum
  • 2011
    Tashkent International Film Festival Uzbekistan
  • 2011
    Kolkata Film Festival
  • 2011
    Funchal International Film Festival - Award: Best actress (Kristbjörg Kjeld).
  • 2010
    Edduverðlaunin / Edda Awards - Award: Actress of the Year in a Leading role (Kristbjörg Kjeld). Film Score of the Year (Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson). Set design of the Year (Árni Páll Jóhannesson). Nominated for Feature Film of the Year. Nomiated for Cinamatography of the Year (Ari Kristinsson). Nominated for Costume Design of the Year (Helga I. Stefánsdóttir). Nominated for Make-up Achievement of the Year (Fríða María Harðardóttir). Nominated for director of the Year.
  • 2010
    Artfilmfest International Film Festival
  • 2010
    Toronto International Film Festival
  • 2010
    Filmfest Hamburg
  • 2010
    Pusan International Film Festival
  • 2010
    Mumbai Film Festival
  • 2010
    Sao Paulo International Film Festival
  • 2010
    Nordische Filmtage Lübeck
  • 2010
    Sevilla International Film Festival
  • 2010
    Wiesbadan Kino Film Festival
  • 2010
    PÖFF - Tallin Black Night Film Festival
  • 2010
    International Rome Film Festival
  • 2010
    Scanorama European Film Forum

Cinema distribution

  • Iceland
    Smárabíó, 2010
  • Iceland
    Háskólabíó, 2010
  • Iceland
    Borgarbíó Akureyri, 2010
  • Iceland
    Laugarásbíó, 2010

Releases

  • Sena, 2010 - DVD