Self Portrait (Selvportrett)

Year: 2020
Country: Norway
Director: Katja Høgset, Margreth Olin, Espen Wallin
Genre: documentary
Runtime: 80 min.
Age: 16+
A female artist with a deadly illness confronts her anorexia through merciless photographic self-portraits. A harrowing film with much to debate about.

Lene Marie Fossen stopped eating when she was 10 years old. She wanted to slow down time and remain a child. Later, she found out that she could capture a moment by taking pictures. ‘Self Portrait’ is an unforgettable portrayal of a gifted artist and a deadly illness. Lene Marie’s photographic project consisted of undressing anorexia, confronting the illness and displaying it in all its horror. Only by breaking all rules could she stay alive. A painful and poetic film about the power of art and survival, which also raises important questions about the treatment of anorexia patients.

Awards & Festivals:

CPH:DOX – participation
Norwegian International Film Festival –  Best Documentary Film, Amanda Award
Biografilm Festival – Audience Award
Krakow Film Festival – Audience Award, FIPRESCI Award
One World - International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival – Regional Jury Prize
Thessaloniki Film Festival – Human Values Award
Göteborg Film Festival – participation
Tromsø International Film Festival – participation
Munich International Documentary Festival – participation