All About My Father

Norwegen / Dänemark, 2001
Length
75 minutes
Director
Even Benestad
Cast

    Content

    Esben Benestad is a doctor in a small town in Norway. He has his own surgery, has written two books on sex education and writes a column in a men’s magazine; he is also a liberal politician. However, Esben Benestad also has a second identity in Norway as Esther Pirelli, sexual therapist and occasional actress. Esben Benestad is a transvestite. In this film, Esben Benestad’s son conveys his father’s story with warmth, humour and irony; he provides a personal portrait of this enigmatic man, without, however, allowing himself to succumb entirely to his father’s obvious talent for performance. As the film’s director Even Benestad says, “Contrary to my father’s idea that this film would promote him as a colourful and different person who uses all his time and efforts to combat cultural bureaucracy, I sought to make a deeply personal portrait which takes into account the father-son relationship, in which the amount of harm one person’s self-realisation can have on another is established. Dad’s transvestism forms the basis of the film and is a recurring theme that guides us through a somewhat different family saga. It was important for me to show that my family is not unique. There are many families like mine.”

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    BIOGRAPHY Even Benestad

    Born in Grimstad on 16.9.1974. Studied cinematography at Oslo Film and Television Academy. Has been working as a cinematographer since 1997; he has made five short films and, in the year 2000, he made several short documentaries for Norwegian television. ALT OM MIN FAR is his first feature-length documentary.

    FILMOGRAPHY Even Benestad (selection)

    2014 Club 7  2011 Pushwagner 2011 300 Sekunder 2009 Tempus Fugit 2007 Natural Born Star 2001 Alt om min Far 

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    Credits

    Production company
    Exposed Film Productions AS
    Original title
    Alt om min Far