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SCA21 Disco

18+ 94 MIN
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Rising Norwegian star Josefine Frida shines in Jorunn Myklebust Syversen’s provocative new drama about a young Christian dancer who is forced to confront her faith.

Devout believer Mirjam (Frida) is a 19-year-old dance champion with the world at her feet. But dancing for Mirjam isn't about pleasure or the music. It's about a desperate need for approval, stoked by her mother (Kjærsti Odden Skjeldal) - whose brother is a very prominent pastor - and by her charismatic stepfather (Nicolai Cleve Broch) who runs ‘The Freedom’, the hip evangelical church that Mirjam attends.

When the stress finally gets to Mirjam and she begins to lose competitions, her elders don't seek to reassure her. They blame it on her lack of faith, a devastating accusation. As her confidence slips away, Mirjam is drawn to a stricter, more conservative congregation – one that pushes her to the very edge.

Profoundly sensitive and supremely confident, Syversen’s eye-opening depiction of contemporary Christian cults both dazzles and unnerves, but it’s Pettersen's heartbreaking performance as a young woman whose options are rapidly shrinking that makes Disco essential viewing.


WINNER – Festival del Cinema Europeo 2020 – Best Screenplay 

WINNER – Göteborg Film Festival 2020 – Sven Nykvist Cinematography Award 

NOMINEE – Göteborg Film Festival 2020 – Best Nordic Film 

NOMINEE – San Sebastián International Film Festival 2019 – New Directors Award 

NOMINEE – Amanda Awards 2020 – Best Direction, Best Actress, Best Cinematography, Best Make-up, Best Sound Design 


"Beautiful and heartbreaking. A subtle-but-sharp indictment of organised religion, a study of parents ignorantly allowing their demons to fundamentally affect their offspring, a searing character study and a glorious introduction of the wildly talented actress. "

- Film Threat

Movie Information

Release date

Tuesday 6th July


94 min




Andrea Bræin Hovig, Josefine Frida, Nicolai Cleve Broch, Kjærsti Odden Skjeldal


Jorunn Myklebust Syverse


Film Festival


Norwegian with English subtitles, English

Participating Cinemas

Palace Balwyn Cinema, Palace Norton St, Palace Brighton Bay, Palace Cinema Como, Palace Westgarth, Chauvel Cinema, Palace Central Sydney, Kino Cinema