Act Normal

Ólafur Jóhannesson

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DIRECTOR Ólafur Jóhannesson
PRODUCER Ólafur Jóhannesson, Ragnar Santos, Helgi Sverrisson
DOP Ragnar Santos
SOUND Jón Skuggi
MUSIC Barði Jóhannsson, Pavel E. Smid, Tómas R. Einarsson
EDITOR Ólafur Jóhannesson, Benedikt Jóhannesson
CO-PRODUCER Jenny Westergard, Stefan C. Schaefer
RELEASE 2006
LENGTH 80 min
GENRE Documentary

Synopsis

Robert T. Edison was born and raised in Nottingham, England. When he was fourteen years old he began to practice Buddhism. Eighteen years old he became a monk and went to Thailand where, for a decade, he spent his time in monasteries around the country. He became the first Buddhist monk in Iceland when he moved here in 1994 and founded a Buddhist sect. Five years later Robert decided to "derobe" and get married. After sixteen years of celibacy Robert had to deal with being "normal" - getting employment, paying his bills and dealing with the needs of his partner. After four years in "the real world" Robert travelled back to Thailand to become a monk again. Act Normal is filmed from 1994 to 2006 and is a unique exploration of one man´s twelve-year search for some kind of love.

Director

Olaf de Fleur studied physics in Reykjavik, graduating in 1995. Since then he has participated in numerous film projects, including both feature and documentary films. After working for two years for a production company, focusing primarily on TV documentaries, he founded the independent production company Poppoli Pictures. Headed by Johannesson as director and producer, the team created Blindsker that won the "Best Documentary" in the Icelandic Film Awards 2004 and Africa United that won the same prize in 2005.

Honors

Edda Awards, 2006 - Award: Nominated for Best documentary of the Year.
 

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