Kamilla (alternative title Betrayal) is set in Bergen just after the Second World War. Seven-year-old Kamilla lives with her parents, who run a small shop. The marriage between her parents is waning, and when her father initiates an affair with another woman, her mother hides their savings as an act of revenge. On the opposite side of the street lives Kamilla’s friend, Svein. Svein’s father struggles with alcohol dependence, and his mother juggles several jobs to support the family. In this difficult situation, Kamilla and Svein find comfort in each other.
Kamilla sheds light on how the children are the ones who suffer the most because of the parents’ conflicts. The film does this partly by showing the self-absorption of the adults, and partly by suggesting the difficulty of taking care of children in a society marked by poverty. Kamilla and Svein are the only ones who manage to show unselfish affection and kindness, making Kamilla a painful and touching film.
Post-war Bergen is believably recreated, and the film is mainly shot on location in the historic neighbourhood Sandviken. Paul René Roestad’s cinematography is both a nod to Italian neorealism and British kitchen sink realism. The result is a film quivering with emotion, and Kamilla has a central position in the history of Norwegian cinema. It won Norwegian Film Critics Award at the Norwegian International Film Festival in Haugesund and was shown during the International Critics’ Week at Cannes Film Festival.
Director Vibeke Løkkeberg will be present at the screening. Afterwards, there will be a conversation between Løkkeberg and Ingrid Synneva Holtar, whose PHD-project examines feminist cinema in Norway in the seventies.