Freedom & Independence

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Bjørn Melhus

FREEDOM & INDEPENDENCE by Bjørn Melhus questions the global ideological paradigm shift to new forms of religious capitalism by juxtaposing the ideas of self-proclaimed objectivist philosopher and novelist Ayn Rand with the evangelical themes in US-American mainstream movies. This contemporary fairy tale, in which Melhus performs all the main characters himself, was partly shot in a Berlin morgue and partly in new urban environments in Istanbul. In a tour de force that oscillates between musical, comedy, horror film and fairy tale, this high-definition trip digs deep into our collective psyche, bringing up stored conceptions of promises of salvation, childhood trauma, and the deeply ingrained work ethic under the imperative of self-optimization.


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