"In the cinema you feel, almost physically, how the flower decorated wallpapers of the doll's house close in on you. In a demonstrative slow pace and with heavy symbolism the film is an expressionist first person's experience of how it feels to grow up in a family marked by mental illness." - Danish film magazine EKKO
"It is a strong and bold film about a dysfunctional family, very far from the usual excessive desire to please that is characteristic for Danish films." - Christian Braad Thomsen, Danish film director and writer
"Ludo is intensely gloomy, and the feel of the calustrophobic house trembling with anxiety haunts you all the way home from the cinema, and back home you are probably a bit more loving towards your child than usually." - Kinna Poulsen, Faroese critic
"I am impressed by the director's deep psychological insight in mental illness! (...) The trick is how to make your own tale of life and sufferings become an object of interest to others. The director surely has succeeded in doing that." - Andy Bower, Danish psychologist
LUDO is an intense psychological drama about an 11-year-old girl caught between her mother's dark and unstable mind and her father's well-meaning passiveness. But what's it like to be shut in with mental illness? In a slow-paced, hypnotic and yet highly expressionistic style, the film takes the audience on a psychological journey into the center of the claustrophobic and unpleasant universe of the family.
LUDO is Katrin Ottarsdóttir's third feature film and it is the first Faroese feature film in 15(!) years. The last one was Bye Bye Blue Bird (1999) and the last one before that was Atlantic Rhapsody (1989), both written and directed by Katrin aswell.
The "world premiere" took place in the Nordic House in Tórshavn 11 September 2014.
The doctor's wife
Screenwriter, director and editor: KATRIN OTTARSDÓTTIR
Cinematographer: NATASCHA RYDVALD (DFF) Website
Cinematograper's assistant: RÓGVI RAMUSSEN
Production design: EDWARD FUGLØ Website
Sound recording: JÓN MCBIRNIE
Lights: KENNETH JØRGENSEN
Grip/Jack-of-all-trades: SIGTÓRUR ANDREASEN
Runners: HJØRDIS H. EIDE, BARBARA HILDUBERG
Production degsign assistants: JANUS HANSEN, ANNIE EYSTBERG JENSEN
Cooks: INGE PETERSEN, ELSA PETERSEN
Music: SUNE KØTER KØLSTER Website
Producer: HUGIN EIDE
Cultural funds etc.: Mentanargrunnur Landsins, Mentamálaráðið, Filmsgrunnur Norðurlandahúsins og Klippfisks, Tórshavnar Kommuna, Fjølrit, VisitFaroeIslands, Sands Kommuna.
Private companies: P/f Poul Michelsen, Hotel Føroyar, Effo, SPEKT, BankNordik, Eik Banki, Tryggingarfelagið Føroyar, Advokatskrivstovan, Advokatfelagið, Faroe Ship, SIRI.
Associate producers: Jenny Johannesen, Sigtór Debes, Povl Skårup, Gitte Louise Ottarsdóttir Olsen, Samuel Garrick
- and 98 other who contributed to our CROWD FUNDING campaign on Indiegogo.com.
Other support and help:
Kameraudlejningen A/S, Kringvarp Føroya, Klippfisk, the owners of the house on Høgnamørk, Optikbúðin, Hjá Kissa, Niels L. Arge, Tjóðpallur Føroya, Bilrøkt, Sandoyar Bjargingarfelag, Ungmannafelagið Virkið, Jørgin P. Johannesen, P/F Jógvan Weihe, Viviann Hárfríðkan (Ada Joensen & Annika Udbø), Henrik Jensen, Atlantic Airways, Harald Jensen, Kjartan Petersen
Thank you all!!
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