Norwegian producer Edelzek joins the lo-fi thriller “the PROGRAM”

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Polish-Norwegian Co-production. Lo-fi thriller in development.

The lo-fi dystopian thriller “The PROGRAM” has been joined by the norwegian producer duo from Oslo, Norway. The company Edelzek has produced one feature film and several shorts which were supported by the Norwegian Film Institute. They have also exensive experience in Music Videos. For more info on their company please see Edelzek.no and for more on the project go to  “the PROGRAM”

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“After little Kamil’s unjustified suspension at school, his parents are forced to go through family therapy. But when the therapy turns out to be led by an authoritarian Artificial Intelligence, the family has to fight the Education System, so Kamil can have a future.”

An imminent revolution seen through the eyes of a family

The Program tackles the questions of an imminent future and asks:  Where is the humans place with all the recent automation and Artificial Intelligence advances?  Some may call it a dystopian world view but I would rather call it a gritty and realistic perspective on the issues/challenges we are facing in the coming decade. A reality where we risk to be replaced, by highly efficient Artificial Intelligence in every imaginable shape, at every possible level of society.

The Program is also an analogy to the current issues which Europe faces. As refugees are streaming across borders from everywhere, we are enveloped by fear, terror and discrimination (on both sides). This is also pervading throughout the story as the humans have become the refugees.  Forced into poverty they desperately struggle for their jobs, their future, and to find meaning in a broken down society.

Despite The Program’s technological/futuristic roots, it is a very humane story. Its beating heart is a tale of a failing family. It explores the lifes of three character’s who, each in their own way, have to deal with the harsh realities of a near future world, where people have become a disposable commodity.

Mia – a psychologist in her thirtees who has lost the job, she thought could never be replaced. Struggling to make ends meet, barely able to support her son, she has lost faith in her husband, and most of all herself.

Jan – a lousy father, and an arrogant assistant at the flooded unemployment office who has been ostracized from the human community because of his blind loyalty to the Machines. Jan will be put to the ultimate test. Will he betray his family? Or will he stand against the Machine Intelligence despite that his wife betrayed him and his son might be guilty of the accused crimes?

And Kamil – their emotionally unstable son who becomes the center of attention when he supposedly beats up one of the Gifted kids (Artificial Intelligence kids). But as it turns out, Kamil’s troubles at school might hold a symbolic solution for the future of humanity. 

They are sent to a retreat for family group therapy, not because any one of them believes in it, but because Kamil’s future is at stake. None of them realize the confrontation with an invasive and abusive Artificial Intelligence, might be the very thing which brings them back together. 

To read more about the film, please see  The Program  (movie)

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