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Happy, Happy

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Family is the most important thing in the world to Kaja. She is an eternal optimist in spite of living with a man who would rather go hunting with the boys, and who refuses to have sex with her because she "isn't particularly attractive" anymore. Whatever. That's life.

But when "the perfect couple" moves in next door, Kaja struggles to keep her emotions in check. Not only do these successful, beautiful, exciting people sing in a choir; they have also adopted a child – from Ethiopia! These new neighbors open a new world to Kaja, with consequences for everyone involved. And when Christmas comes around, it becomes evident that nothing will ever be like before – even if Kaja tries her very best.

Winner of the World Cinema Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, and an official selection at the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s New Directors / New Films Festival, HAPPY, HAPPY is a warm comedy from award-winning Norwegian filmmaker Anne Sewitsky. HAPPY, HAPPY is Norway’s official entry for Best Foreign Language Film for the 2011 Academy Awards.


Producer: Synnøve Hørsdal
Director: Anne Sewitsky
Production Manager 1: Åshild Ariane Ramborg
Production Manager 2: Kristin Emblem
Screenwriter: Ragnhild Tronvoll
Composer: Stein Berge Svendsen
Sound Design: Gunn Tove Grønsberg
Editor: Christoffer Heie
D.O.P.: Anna Myking
1. Asst. Director: Binne Thoresen
Sound Engineer: Morten Solum
Art Director: Camilla Lindbråten


Kaia: Agnes Kittelsen
Eirik: Joachim Rafaelsen
Elisabeth: Maibritt Saerens
Sigve: Henrik Rafaelsen
Theodor: Oskar Hernæs Brandsø
Noa: Ram Shihab Ebedy
Choral Director: Heine Totland


“A tender portrait. Anne Sewitsky directs delicately, with an eye for signs of relationships faltering and for the space in which new attractions can’t be resisted.” – David D’Arcy, Screen

“Dispatching a gentle sense of humor throughout, the warmth of Anne Sewitsky's debut drifts in as a welcome breeze.” – Stephen Saito, IFC.com

“HILARIOUS AND INCISIVE. A film that abounds with joy and sadness.” – Amanda Mae Meyncke, Film.com

Date for DVD release subject to change.