Jo Vemund SVENDSEN
In a Norwegian city, some middle-aged men get together every week to drink beer and sing songs. They make a choir and practice singing hard. If any of the members die, they promise to sing together at the funeral. One day, the legendary heavy metal band ‘Black Sabbath’ is set to perform in the city, and the choir is taking the stage before the main performance. While they are engaged in the performance practice, shocking news comes to them. The conductor of the choir is terminally ill. With only a few days left to live, the conductor picks up his sick body for the performance and goes to the practice room. Will they be able to finish the performance safely?The Men′s Room begins like a jolly music drama but turns into a sad melodrama with the story of the incurable diseases. Facing unexpected death, the immature play of the middle-aged men becomes something they desperately need. It won the Nordic: DOX Award at the CPH:DOX. (Nam Dong-chul)
Petter SOMMER (43) is a Norwegian director, journalist and sound designer based in Oslo. SOMMER has directed the documentaries When Dad Kills (2013) and Operation conspiracy (2014). The Men′s Room is his first feature-length documentary. SOMMER has sound designed several documentaries as well as feature films, commercials and audio books since 1999. He is also working part time as a voice actor, being a Walt Disney Character Voice-approved talent.
Jo Vemund SVENDSEN
Jo Vemund SVENDSEN (29) is a Norwegian director and journalist. Svendsen worked on the 22. July- documentary A small island in the world (2011). The film won Gullruten and Nymphes d′Or in Monte Carlo. After several years as a news correspondent in New York City, USA, he returned to Norway to make documentaries. The Men′s Room is his first feature-length documentary.