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The Men's Room (2018 film)

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The Men's Room
Directed byPetter Sommer
Jo Vemund Svendsen
Produced byFuglene AS
Written byPetter Sommer
Jo Vemund Svendsen
StarringIvar Krogh Hovd
Gunnar Martinsen
Svein Bjørge
Geir Schau
Knut Akselsen
Prepple Houmb
Ivar Nergaard
Music byMartin Horntveth
Edited byPetter Sommer
Jo Vemund Svendsen
Distributed byWide House (FR)
Release date
  • September 28, 2018 (2018-09-28) (Norwegian)
Running time
74 minutes

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The Men's Room is a 2018 documentary film about 25 Norwegian men in a men's choir rehearsing for their biggest gig ever: Warming up for Black Sabbath. But there are problems backstage. Ivar, the conductor is terminally ill, and might not live to experience the concert. Friendship and humor becomes more important than ever as the warmhearted men fight death while chasing for glory.

The film is directed by Petter Sommer and Jo Vemund Svendsen and has won many international awards after it's release. The international premiere was at CPH:DOX in Copenhagen March 24th 2019 where it also won the NORDIC:DOX AWARD for best Nordic documentary film.

The Norwegian title is «For vi er gutta» (Because we're the guys) and is distributed through Norsk Film Distribusjon. In Denmark, the film had it's theatrical release 17th October 2019 under the name «Mandskoret» (The men's choir) and is distributed by Camera film.[1]

Awards and nominations[edit]

  • «Best European Documentary», 10. Odessa International Film Festival (2019)[2]
  • «Best Documentary», Moscow International Film Festival (2019)[3]
  • «NORDIC:DOX AWARD» for Best Nordic Documentary, Copenhagen International Documentary Festival (2019)[4]
  • «Czech Television Award», 56. Golden Prague International Television Festival (2019)[5]
  • «Best Norwegian Documentary», Bergen International Film Festival (2018)[6]
  • «Audience award», 59. Krakow Film Festival (2019)[7]
  • «Audience award» and «Best Long Documentary», The Norwegian Documentary Film Festival (2019)[8]
  • «Special Jury Award», Nordic/Docs (2019)[9]
  • «Honorable mention», HUMAN International Documentary Film Festival (2019)[10]
  • «Best documentary film» (Nominated), The Amanda Awards (2019)[11]


  1. "Mandskoret". Scope. Retrieved 2019-10-22.
  2. "Gala closing ceremony of the 10th anniversary Odesa International Film Festival | News". oiff.com.ua.
  3. "41 MIFF Prizes". moscowfilmfestival.ru.
  4. "The winners of CPH:DOX 2019 are..." CPH:DOX. 2019-03-29.
  5. "The Dying Swan: The Intimate Portrait of a Ballerina Dominates the Golden Prague Awards". The Golden Prague Awards. 2019-09-29.
  6. ""For vi er gutta" fikk prisen for beste dokumentar på BIFF". Rushprint (in norsk bokmål).
  7. "Awards of 59th Krakow Film Festival – 59th Krakow Film Festival".
  8. "Den Norske Dokumentarfilmfestivalen". www.facebook.com (in norsk bokmål).
  9. "Prisvinnerne i 2019!". Nordic/Docs (in norsk bokmål). 2019-05-12.
  10. "Årets prisvinnere på HUMAN idff". humanfilm.no (in norsk bokmål). 2019-03-02.
  11. "Amandanominasjonene 2019". filmfestivalen.no. 2019-06-19.

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