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Big John coaches his son Ole from childhood into becoming a professional boxer. Many shake their heads when the unstoppable father sends his son into the ring against the most dangerous fighters in the world, but Team Klemetsen becomes a great success and signs a sensational contract with Emanuel Steward in Detroit. However, Big John soon realizes that professional boxing in America is a very dangerous business.
Big John struggles to stay in control of Ole's training and bouts. To protect his son, nicknamed "The Golden Viking", and to coach him the best possible way, Big John insists on taking care of everything from finances and contracts to dieting and laundry.
Big John was released theatrically nationwide in August, 2008. The film was broadcast for the first time on NRK [Norwegian State Broadcasting] in November 2008, and is also sold to SVT, Sweden.
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Big John has been screened at several festivals:
2008 Norwegian Short Film Festival, Grimstad, Norway
2008 The Norwegian Int'l Film Festival, Haugesund, Norway
2008 Nordisk Panorama 5 Cities Festival, Malmö, Sweden
2009 Göteborg Int'l Film Festival, Sweeden
2009 Tempo Documentary Film Festival, Sweeden
2009 Visions du Réel, Switzerland
2009 Hot Docs Int'l Documentary Film Festival, Canada
2009 Planet Doc Review, Poland
2009 Heartland International Film Festival, USA
2009 DMZ Docs, South Korea
2009 Int'l Documentary Film Festival, Jihlava, Czech Republic
2009 DokLeipzig, Germany
2009 Nordische Filmtage Lübeck, Germany
2009 cph:dox, Denmark
2009 Int'l Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography Plus Camerimage, Poland
Length: 82 minutes (cinema & TV); 58 minutes (TV)
In Norwegian and English with Norwegian narration.
Subtitled in Norwegian or English.
Formats: DigiBeta PAL 16:9; 2K Digital Cinema PAL 16:9; 35mm 1:1.85
Director: Håvard Bustnes
Producer: Dag Hoel
Cinematography: Nils Petter Devold Midtun,
Pål Aleksander Odden
Script: Bjørn-Erik Hanssen, Håvard Bustnes
Editor: Anders Teigen
Sound Design: Håkon Lammetun, Lydhodene
Line Producer: Eirik Wattengård
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