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Listen Up!

Original title: Hør her'a!
German title: Listen Up!
Norway, 2023

Director: Tehrani, Kaveh
Production company: Motlys AS
Age recommendation: 14 years and up
Length: 86 min.
Film genre: Feature film

Synopsis:
Summer in Oslo. Mahmoud (15) is waiting for life to start happening. He hasn’t applied for any summer job because he knows people named Mahmoud Mahroof won’t even be called in for an interview. He lives on the twelfth floor of a block on the outskirts of the city and envisions long days sitting on the bench with his friend, one-eyed Arif from Somalia.

This summer will however be different. The hilarious Uncle Ji comes to visit Mahmoud’s family from Pakistan, and Mahmoud is given the task of showing his uncle around in Oslo, together with his little brother Ali (9). But we soon learn that little Ali doesn’t behave like most boys do. When Ali later tells Mahmoud that she is a girl, the world according to Mahmoud changes drastically. Will the block, with his mother and father in it, explode and vanish from the surface of the earth?

Marketing strategies:
Based on the hit novel Listen Up! by Gulraiz Sharif.

Festivals:
Nordic Filmdays Luebeck 2023 (awarded)

Study guide: Norwegian

World sales address/es:
Motlys (NO)

Sold to:
Arthaus (NO)