JOURNEY TO UTOPIA
Domestic release: 2nd of April (Denmark)
International release: medio 2020
Genre: Documentary feature
Directed by: Erlend E. Mo
Production Company: Magic Hour Films in co-production with Mosaikk Film (NO), Indie Film (NO), Vilda Bomben Film (SE) and Film i Väst (SE). Developed with the support of Danish Film Institute, Sørnorsk Filmsenter, Norwegian Film Institute, Swedish Film Institute, Nordisk Film & TV Fond, Fritt Ord Foundation and Eurimages. In collaboration with TV2 SVT NRK.
Production Country: Denmark, Norway, Sweden
A Danish singer, a Norwegian film director and their children are growing desperate about the world the grown-ups are handing on to future generations. The global climate crisis concerns the adults of the family and they agree they will never be able to face their children and claim that they took no action because they didn’t know what was happening.
They come to a dramatic decision: they will leave their comfy home in Norway and move to an ideal society, a “permatopian” eco-village, a modern, real-life Utopia under construction in Denmark, where they will be able to live in accordance with their convictions. They want a revolution that will begin with their own family. They want to live according to values that are good for the individual, for the family, for society, for the planet. But what are these values, and can they agree on them?
Breaking from Norway and the ensuing journey turn out to have huge consequences, and each member of the family has to reconsider his or her own fundamental values. Their entire lives are at stake, including the underlying love between the director and his wife, the two adults who keep the family together. Because it is much easier to agree that something must be done than to actually do it. The film is an authentic, raw, harrowing, humorous, but ethically and aesthetically imperfect “value road movie”.