// Presented as part of September's Norwegian Women Series //
Eskil Vogt / 2014, Sundance, Berlin, Athens, AFI, CPH:PIX, Istanbul, Trondheim, NYT Critics' Pick / 96'
Ingrid is a writer who has recently lost her vision. In the face of this trauma she retreats to the safety of her home and her husband Morten's company. Yet while Morten is away at work, Ingrid's thoughts loom large; she believes he comes home to spy on her. Ingrid's imagination blossoms. Morten soon becomes a character in one of her stories, impossible to discern from fiction.
Norwegian screenwriter Eskil Vogt's feature film debut Blind is a stylish, probing meditation on the blurred lines between objective and subjective worlds and the creative process itself. Blind premiered at CPH:PIX, Berlin; Sundance, where it won Best Screenplay; and Istanbul, where it won Best Film.
In an exclusive interview with Filmatique, Eskil Vogt discusses arrogance, our inner lives, the tragedies in Oslo and Utøya and his next project.
"[A] lithe, quicksilver portrait of a woman whose loss of sight only serves to sharpen her creative imagination. As much a film about writing and loneliness as about blindness, this standout debut feature for screenwriter Eskil Vogt retains many of the literate, self-reflexive touches Vogt brought to his collaborations with helmer Joachim Trier (chiefly Reprise) while finding its own alternately droll, sexy, heartbreaking rhythms"
- Scott Foundas, Sundance Review, Variety
"There is something about the idea of using cinema, a visual medium, to explore the tragedy and terror of sudden blindness that makes Norwegian Eskil Vogt's directorial debut Blind an intriguing prospect even on paper. But it's where he, and extraordinary lead actor Ellen Dorrit Petersen, take that premise, and how stylishly and wittily they do so, that makes the film which won the screenwriting prize in Sundance, one of the finds of our Berlin Film Festival"
- Jessica Kiang, Berlin Review, Indiewire
"Blind evokes a dreamy, dour fusion of Charlie Kaufman and Ingmar Bergman"
- Stephen Holden, Film Review, The New York Times
"Blind, a stunning Norwegian film about complete loss of vision, immediately cottons on to its rich paradox of subject and medium. How do you visualise not seeing?... This twisty Norwegian thriller about a newly blind woman is an enthralling exercise in imaginative empathy" - Tim Robey, Film Review, The Telegraph
"Joachim Trier collaborator Eskil Vogt's directorial debut is an intense piece about a blind woman withdrawing in a fantasy world "
- Peter Bradshaw, Film Review, The Guardian