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AN INTERVIEW WITH EVEN BECH NÆSHEIM: INSIDE THE MIND OF HOLLYWOOD’S LATEST CREATIVE GENIUS’:
By: NERYS JONES for ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY
Published: 10:30 AM, 17 August 2022

Anyone worth anything in the film industry has heard the name Even Bech Næsheim. Born and raised in Oslo, Norway, Bech Næsheim initially started garnering international attention with his 2019 short film, The Boy Who Couldn’t Hold His Breath Underwater. Known for his paradoxical storylines and vibrant, Luhrmann inspired use of colour and set; there’s nothing subtle about Bech Næsheim’s films.

The Boy Who Couldn’t… set the precedent for all the future Bech Næsheim films. It’s a brutal exploration of what it’s like growing up an LGBT+ youth in a society that’s supposedly tackled every milestone. Bech Næsheim’s use of bold camera movement and vibrant cinematography, complete with moving performances from every member of the ensemble cast, created a film that shook the art house to its very core.

“Ah,” Bech Næsheim sighs, when I bring up the critical success of his first film, “That film… Well. I see a lot of problems with it, now. It wasn’t created to gain the attention that it did. At the time, I made it for someone I loved, you know? He was someone I was intensely, movie-film in love with. I put everything I was into the film, so I’m honoured that people liked it, but it brings back some strange memories for me now.” He laughs uncomfortably.

Sitting in the chair opposite me for the interview, Bech Næsheim himself is all long limbs and artfully styled hair; he looks like he wouldn’t be out of place starring in the films instead of staying behind the camera. When I tell him this, he laughs again, shaking his head.  

“That’s very kind of you, but I always wanted to be a director growing up. It’s been like that as long as I can remember, you know? Ever since I watched [Luhrmann’s] Romeo + Juliet. It was like, the second that film was over, I was just sitting, staring at the television in complete shock. There were tears all over my face, and I was like, wow. I want to create something that makes people feel like that movie made me feel.”

I ask him what it is about Romeo + Juliet that had such an impact. Bech Næsheim looks away, eyes taking on a glassy quality. As he starts, he speaks slowly. He gives the impression that he really cares about what he says.

“Back when I first watched it, I was messed up in a lot of ways. I’m pansexual, you know? So, like, I was growing up, trying to deal with that, in a world where pansexuality was never presented as an option, be that in day to day life, or TV. I’m also bipolar, too, so my head was going off in all these different places, for all these different reasons. I spent a lot of my youth feeling like I was kind of exploding out of my own head. But, I sat down and I watched Romeo + Juliet, and it was this beautiful, intense love story. So I guess, for me, it was like: okay. Everything can end horribly, in this terrible tragedy, but in the middle, there was this beautiful love story, where they had so much, and I just thought that was how it should be. Like, for something to be wonderful, it would burn up like that, and the whole world would be left looking at its flames.”  

Bech Næsheim smiles, leaning back into his chair before continuing, “Now? Now I just think that it’s a damn good movie,” He laughs, “I mean, I’m not as preoccupied in tragedy anymore. I balanced my medication, I figured my sexuality out, I made a film and people didn’t hate it. I don’t think that the whole world needs to notice me, anymore, but it’s nice that they do. I feel very lucky to be in the position that I am today, you know? It’s a position where I can tell other people stories, and they’re given such a wide audience, and such respect. I feel blessed, really.”

Bech Næsheim’s latest film, 'FAKE’, a feature length movie filmed with a budget that amounts to the equivalent of just $500 American dollars, hit the cinemas just under a week ago. It’s a gritty exploration of mental illness within inner-city life, utilising profound performances and beautiful, sweeping city shots in order to effectively tell its story. The film currently holds a 93% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and a 98% rating on Metacritic.

“It’s really exciting to me, that, like, a film such as FAKE can be so popular – because I think it shows all those young film makers out there they can do so much with so little, you know? I want everyone out there that wants to make movies to feel like they can go out there and actually make movies.”

I ask if the subject matter, being so closely personal to his own life experience, was a difficult one for him to tackle.

“I think that’s the point of making films, for me. I have to do things that are close to my own experience. I have to do things that evoke strong emotion in me. The best songs aren’t the ones where they’re pandering to a huge crowd, the best songs are always the ones that are written for the person singing them. It’s the same for my films. So, yes, it was difficult, but I think it was worth it.”

He thinks it was worth it – and so do fans of his cinema all over the world. Critics everywhere have been calling FAKEthe film of the year, despite the fact that it’s only January.

It’s clear to me, and most people who watch Bech Næsheim’s cinema, that he has something unique going for him. He has a raw talent for complex characters and human situation that hasn’t been so purely explored since the earlier works of Tarantino.

To everyone out there: watch this space. I have the feeling that Bech Næsheim is only just getting started.

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To: Isak
From: Jonas
Did you hear, bro? Even has an interview in fucking Entertainment Weekly. They called him, “Hollywood’s New Creative Genuis”. I mean, wow. He’s really doing it…
[Seen: 15:17]

To: Jonas
From: Isak
yes i fucking saw. i always fucking see, Jonas, okay?
[Seen: 15:17]

To: Isak
From: Jonas
Shit, man. Do you still have Google alerts set up for his name? It’s not healthy for you, Isak. You need to move on, bro.
[Seen: 15:18]

To: Jonas
From: Isak
how the fuck am i supposed to fucking move on if you won’t fucking stop texting me about every new thing he does?
[Seen: 15:18]

To: Isak
From: Jonas
I know, I know. I’m sorry, man.
[Seen: 15:18]

To: Isak
From: Jonas
It’s just. It’s strange not to talk about it, right? Even was in our lives for so long, and he’s doing so well now. I just. I feel like we should be talking about it.
[Seen: 15:19]

To: Jonas
From: Isak
look i get it. even’s out there, living his dream or his truth or whatever. i fucking get it, okay?
[Seen: 15:19]

To: Jonas
From: Isak
honestly fuck all of this man
[Seen: 15:20]

To: Isak
From: Jonas
I’m sorry, Isak. I really am.  
[Seen: 15:21]

To: Jonas
From: Isak
i’m fuckingn sorry too
[Seen: 23:14]

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Isak Valtersen <isakyaki@hotmail.no>
To: Even Bech Næsheim <e.b.naesheim@gmail.com>
Subject: DRAFT
FUCK YOU!!!!!!! I HOPE YOU CHOKE!!!!!!!! YOU FUCK!!!!!!!!! MY LIFE IS GOING TO BE SO MUCH FUCKING BETTER WITHOUT YOU IN IT!!!!!

Isak Valtersen <isakyaki@hotmail.no>
To: Even Bech Næsheim <e.b.naesheim@gmail.com>
Subject: DRAFT #38
it’s been two months today since we broke up. i illegally downloaded your new film. i didn’t like it at all. the camera work was terrible and the idea was clichéd.

Isak Valtersen <isakyaki@hotmail.no>
To: Even Bech Næsheim <e.b.naesheim@gmail.com>
Subject: DRAFT #11
I can’t believe I’ve become the kind of person that writes emails they don’t send to their ex.

Isak Valtersen <isakyaki@hotmail.no>
To: Even Bech Næsheim <e.b.naesheim@gmail.com>
Subject: DRAFT #40
I was lying when I said I didn’t like your new film. I’m sorry. It was amazing. Just like you. I’m so proud of you. I miss you every day, but I’m glad that you were able to do this. I’m glad that you were able to go out and change the world, baby. I love you.

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Even Bech Næsheim [v] @ebechnaesheim
I love being back home after so long away traveling. Oslo, you look beautiful this evening. 
20/08/22, 4:04 PM

Mutta Tatouti @tatouti_fruity
@ebechnaesheim, @heibriskeby, @adamthebettermalik, @mikaelboukhal, @briskebyhei LADS NIGHT OUT! NIGHT OUT! #LadsNightOut
20/08/22, 4:12 PM

Even Bech Næsheim [v] @ebechnaesheim
I’m down if you are @tatouti_fruity! We need a good reunion. All the boys back together []
20/08/22, 4:14 PM

Yousef Acar [v] @briskebyhei
Yes @ebechnaesheim, we missed you bro! I’ll rally @heibriskeby and the rest of them.
20/08/22, 4:20 PM

Elias Bakkoush [v] @heibriskeby
@ebechnaesheim @briskebyhei @adamthebettermalik @mikaelboukhal @tatouti_fruity YES! Lil sister has recommended her friends + her fav place!
20/08/22, 4:23 PM

Yousef Acar [v] @briskebyhei
@heibriskeby your lil sister recommended it to ME…
20/08/22, 4:31 PM

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To: Isak
From: Eskild
ISAKKKKKKK!!!! GUESS WHO IS BACK IN OSLO FROM LOVELY LOVELY SPAIN!!!! HINT: IT IS ME, YOUR GURU. WE MUST MEET UP FOR DRINKS AND CHATS. YOU CAN’T AVOID ME ISAK, I KNOW YOU. ALSO YOU HAVEN’T TURNED OFF READ RECEIPTS BABY JESUS.
[Seen: 18:51]

To: Isak
From: Eskild
Isak Valtersen you cannot ignore your guru!!!! I will hunt you down and drag you out or so help me!!!!!
[Seen: 19:03]

To: Isak
From: Eskild
Come on Baby Jesus!!!!! I have found the perfect club it is VERY fancy so it appeals to the Beyoncé in me.
[Seen: 19:03]

To: Eskild
From: Isak
is it a gay bar? is this another attempt to set me up with someone?
[Seen: 19:05]

To: Isak
From: Eskild
NO it’s not a gay bar!!!! Noora told me about it the other week so it is tragically straight
[Seen: 19:06]

To: Isak
From: Eskild
Come on!!!!! I WILL buy you a drink. Or two.
[Seen: 19:08]

To: Isak
From: Eskild
…. Unless you WANT to go to a gay bar???
[Seen: 19:08]

To: Eskild
From: Isak
no gay bar, but i guess we can go to the other place.
[Seen: 19:09]

To: Isak
From: Eskild
YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
[Seen: 19:09]

To: Eskild
From: Isak
come over to mine for 1830 and we can have a couple of drinks beforehand. and i’m holding you to that promise of two drinks, btw.
[Seen: 19:10]

To: Isak
From: Eskild
I don’t even care I’m just so HAPPY you agreed to come ISAK!!!!!! [] [] [] [] [] []
[Seen: 19:14]

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ebnaesheim posted on Instagram
“Thanks to @therealsanabakkoush for the place recommend! #squad” 2h

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“Haha, no worries! It was @loglady99’s choice, actually!” 1h

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To: Jonas
From: Isak
FUKCC I THKNI EVEN IS ATT TIHSS CLUBB!!!!!!!!!!!!!
[Seen: 00:27]

To: Jonas
From: Isak
he lskoos so gdoo m gonna b sikc
[Seen: 00:28]

To: Jonas
From: Isak
FCUKK!!!!! I HTNKI HE HSA SEEN ME!!!!!
[Seen: 00:28]

(4) Missed Calls from Jonas

To: Jonas
From: Isak
Hey Jonas, this is Eskild. Don’t worry, I’m getting Isak home safe. He’s alright.
[Seen: 00:49]

To: Isak
From: Jonas
Cool, man. Thanks Easy E. Look after him!
[Seen: 00:52]

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Elias Bakkoush [v] @heibriskeby
Imagine if we went anywhere without drama or disaster?
21/08/22, 9:13 AM

Sana Bakkoush @therealsanabakkoush
RT “@heibriskeby Imagine if we went anywhere without drama or disaster?” Impossible, big brother.
21/08/22, 9:15 AM

Elias Bakkoush [v] @heibriskeby
@therealsanabakkoush I know. We sorted the mess on our side. You should check the mess on your side. You know, see if the mess is alright.
21/08/22, 9:16 AM

Sana Bakkoush @therealsanabakkoush
Already on it @heibriskeby
21/08/22, 9:18 AM

Sana Bakkoush @therealsanabakkoush
Best buds [] instagram.com/p/BVILCE4gPq9/
21/08/22, 10:17 AM

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To: Isak Valtersen <isakyaki@hotmail.no>
From: Even Bech Næsheim <e.b.naesheim@gmail.com>
Subject: On seeing you again
Hey, Isak.
Sitting down to write you this email is more difficult than I imagined it would be. It’s been a while, right? So much longer than I ever thought it would be, with you.
I guess that I just wanted to say that it was nice to see you when we were out the other day. I know that we were both drunk, and we didn’t have a proper conversation, but it was still good to see you. It’s always good to see you, Isak. That’s never changed.
To be honest, I miss you. I miss talking to you a lot. I miss seeing you every day. It was so strange putting out FAKE without you having seen it all first, the whole process. You always helped me so much with my work. You always made me feel like what I was doing was worth it. I didn’t realise how much I needed that until I didn’t have it anymore.  
Sorry. This wasn’t supposed to be, like, a sad thing. I just wanted to talk to you. Maybe we could meet up some time? Whenever you’re free? It wouldn’t be for much, I  just want to talk, you know? I’m in Oslo for the foreseeable future, so any day you’re free, I can be free too.
Love always,
Even.

P.S. Elias and Mikael told me not to send this, but I think it needs to be done. Sorry if it upsets you.

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Even Bech Næsheim [v] @ebnaesheim
Oh, I’m going to regret that later.  
24/08/22, 5:17 PM

Mikael Øverlie Boukhal @mikaelboukhal
@ebnaesheim you went and sent it, didn’t you?
24/08/22, 2:01 PM

Even Bech Næsheim [v] @ebnaesheim
@mikaelboukhal You can’t prove anything.
24/08/22, 2:04 PM

Mikael Øverlie Boukhal @mikaelboukhal
Your a complete idiot, @ebnaesheim
24/08/22, 2:11 PM

Even Bech Næsheim [v] @ebnaesheim
*You’re @mikaelboukhal
24/08/22, 2:23 PM

Even Bech Næsheim [v] @ebnaesheim
This is Mikael. Even is no longer tweeting because he is a terrible person and doesn’t deserve to. Also I am in the process of killing him.
24/08/22, 3:06 PM

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To: Even Bech Næsheim <e.b.naesheim@gmail.com>
From: Isak Valtersen <isakyaki@hotmail.no>
RE: On seeing you again [DRAFT]
What the fuck? What the actual fuck, Even? You send me emails out of the blue signed with “love always” like you didn’t break my fucking heart? Fuck you. Fuck this. I thought I was doing better finally but I love you too and you don’t get to do this to me. You just don’t.

To: Even Bech Næsheim <e.b.naesheim@gmail.com>
From: Isak Valtersen <isakyaki@hotmail.no>
RE: On seeing you again [DRAFT #4]
come ovre to my hsounde and we cnsa talk theer. I’m chlling sta hmoe? remnember? chillign at home? i lveo yu so mchu i mis s you evert day

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jonas9000 posted on Instagram
“When your best bro is hungover and sad so you wrap him up in a friend burrito []” 5h

reggismeggis commented
“[] [] [] [] you guys are SO CUTE” 3h

isakyaki commented
“thank you @reggismeggis [] [] []. love you guys []” 3h

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To: Even Bech Næsheim <e.b.naesheim@gmail.com>
From: Isak Valtersen <isakyaki@hotmail.no>
RE: On seeing you again
Maybe you should have listened to Elias and Mikael.

To: Isak Valtersen < isakyaki@hotmail.no>
From: Even Bech Næsheim < e.b.naesheim@gmail.com>
RE: On seeing you again (2)
I know. I couldn’t go on without saying anything, though. Seeing you again made me think, you know? I’m so sorry for everything that happened, for how it all ended up.

To: Even Bech Næsheim <e.b.naesheim@gmail.com>
From: Isak Valtersen <isakyaki@hotmail.no>
RE: On seeing you again (3)
Sometimes being sorry isn’t enough

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Even Bech Næsheim [v] @ebnaesheim
I know sorry isn’t enough, but I wish it was. I miss you every day.
26/08/22, 1:48 PM

Mikael Øverlie Boukhal @mikaelboukhal
@ebnaesheim you got your reply, then?
26/08/22, 2:03 PM

Even Bech Næsheim [v] @ebnaesheim
Yes, yes I did. @mikaelboukhal
26/08/22, 2:07 PM

Mikael Øverlie Boukhal @mikaelboukhal
@ebnaesheim unbelievable. @heibriskeby we need to gather the troops. Come to mine and @adamthebettermalik’s, gotta help our sad, sad bro.
26/08/22, 2:13 PM

Elias Bakkoush [v] @heibriskeby
@mikaelboukhal sweet, text me the deets and I’ll sort it! []
26/08/22, 2:21 PM

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“CUTE, UNKNOWN NORWEGIAN BOYS HANG OUT WITH VERY FAMOUS DIRECTOR”
- Hei Briskeby [Subscribe: 1.4M]

Published on August 28th, 2022

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Elias Bakkoush [v] @heibriskeby
@briskeby_fans no Even’s one of our best buddies! He just hasn’t been in any videos because he was too busy being a famous director!
28/08/22, 5:16 PM

Yousef Acar [v] @briskebyhei
@i_love_yousefacar the title was just a joke! Sorry you thought it sounded clickbait-y. We’ll take that into consideration next time []
28/08/22, 5:39 PM

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To: Jonas
From: Isak
can I come over? I need to play some fifa and forget about my life for a while
[Seen 18:32]

To: Isak
From: Jonas
Did you finally reply to Even, then?
[Seen: 18:32]

To: Jonas
From: Isak
yeah. then i had to see a video of his face.
[Seen: 18:34]

To: Jonas
From: Isak
can i come over?
[Seen: 18:34]

To: Isak
From: Jonas
Sure thing, Isak. Mahdi’s still in and I think Magnus is supposed to be coming round, as well. Is that okay? Should I ask them to clear out?
[Seen: 18:35]

To: Jonas
From: Isak
jesus christ, jonas. i’m not going to make you kick mahdi out of his own fucking house. don’t worry, it’ll be chill, yeah? i miss seeing them all anyway we can all just play fifa and drink beer together.
[Seen: 18:36]

To: Isak
From: Jonas
Sweet! I’ll see you soon then bro []
[Seen: 18:36]

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isakyaki posted on Instagram
“hanging with my best buds last night” 32m

ebnaesheim followed isakyaki. 15m

ebnaesheim liked isakyaki’s photo. 14m

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To: Even Bech Næsheim <e.b.naesheim@gmail.com>
From: Isak Valtersen <isakyaki@hotmail.no>
Subject: ???
What the fuck, Even? You think that because you sent me one email after six months of not talking to me and suddenly we’re fine again? You can follow me on social media and like my photos and it’s okay? Even, you were the one that broke up with me. This isn’t something you can do anymore.

To: Isak Valtersen <isakyaki@hotmail.no>
From: Even Bech Næsheim <e.b.naesheim@gmail.com>
RE: ???
I know, I know. I’m sorry I keep messing this up, Isak, I really am. I’m sorry that I always mess things up.

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Even Bech Næsheim [v] @ebnaesheim
Shit
29/08/22, 6:18 PM

Yousef Acar [v] @briskebyhei
all my friends are morons take it slow
29/08/22, 7:12 PM

Adam Malik @adamthebettermalik
@briskebyhei coming from you! Mr, “What if Elias stops talking to be because I like @therealsanabakkoush? we’re soulmates bro I swear!!!”
29/08/22, 7:23 PM

Sana Bakkoush @therealsanabakkoush
@adamthebettermalik @briskebyhei HA!!! [][][]
29/08/22, 7:24 PM

Yousef Acar [v] @briskebyhei
Oh my god I wasn’t even talking about you @adamthebettermalik I was talking about @ebnaesheim
29/08/22, 7:27 PM

Elias Bakkoush [v] @heibriskeby
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA @briskebyhei HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA [][][] HAHAHAHAHHA
29/08/22, 8:09 PM

Yousef Acar [v] @briskebybye
Guys just letting you know I’m resigning from @heibriskeby’s channel thanks see you all never
29/08/22, 8:31 PM

Yousef Acar [v] @briskebyhei
I’m just kidding! You guys need to stop worrying, haha. It’s always going to be me and @heibriskeby
29/08/22, 9:14 PM

Elias Bakkoush [v] @heibriskeby
Yeah, it’s always going to be me and @briskebyhei
29/08/22, 9:16 PM

Sana Bakkoush @therealsanabakkoush
I can’t believe my boyfriend has left me for my brother.
29/08/22, 10:03 PM

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To: Even Bech Næsheim <e.b.naesheim@gmail.com>
From: Isak Valtersen <isakyaki@hotmail.no>
RE: ??? (2)
Even, don’t say that. You know that’s not true; you don’t always mess things up.
When we broke up, we were fighting all the time. You were moving away. It was the rational decision to make, and I agreed with you. We always said that we were living life in the now, and when we broke up, that was the best thing for us at the time.  
I’m sorry I got so angry when you messaged me. In those six months, I could have contacted you as well. Both of us are at fault here, okay? I shouldn’t have reacted like that, I’m sorry. It’s just difficult, you know? You were the best thing that ever happened to me. Letting you go was one of the hardest decisions of my life.

To: Isak Valtersen <isakyaki@hotmail.no>
From: Even Bech Næsheim <e.b.naesheim@gmail.com>
RE: ??? (3)
It was the same for me.

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To: Sana
From: Isak
hi best bud []
[Seen: 11:13]

To: Isak
From: Sana
Hey best bud
[Seen: 11:14]

To: Sana
From: Isak
are you doing anything today?
[Seen: 11:14]

To: Isak
From: Sana
Yousef and I have to go food shopping and then we’re going over to Elias’ for a bit. It’s because Yousef and Elias need to film their video for next week early, because Elias is going on holiday. So I could just leave them and meet you?
[Seen: 11:15]

To: Sana
From: Isak
what time would that be?
[Seen: 11:17]

To: Isak
From: Sana
Around 14:00?
[Seen: 11:18]

To: Sana
From: Isak
cool. do you think you could come over then? need to talk to someone.
[Seen: 11:18]

To: Isak
From: Sana
Yeah of course, best bud. Is this about Even?
[Seen: 11:26]

To: Sana
From: Isak
when is it not?
[Seen: 11:26]

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To: Even Bech Næsheim <e.b.naesheim@gmail.com>
From: Isak Valtersen <isakyaki@hotmail.no>
Subject: DRAFT #53
It was so hard seeing your face in Elias and Yousef’s video. I watched it fourteen times, the whole way through. The guys tried to tell me that it was normal to want to see your ex - but I didn’t tell them everything. I knew they would think I was insane.
I know the reasons we broke up. I just wish I didn’t. It’s not that I’m not surviving without you, I am, just like you’re surviving without me. We made the decision so that we’d both stay happy, so that we wouldn’t end up resenting each other. I know that. I understand that.
It’s just that there was also a point when you were the best thing in my life, I don’t know how to get that back.

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To: Sana
From: Isak
thanks for coming over earlier [] i really needed that talk to figure out where my head was at
[Seen: 18:47]

To: Isak
From: Sana
No bother! It was fun reminiscing about Nissen and everything. I hope you get the Even situation sorted out, Isak. I’ll talk to you soon []
[Seen: 18:51]

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ebnaesheim commented
“Remember you’re both still geniuses []” 4h

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To: Even Bech Næsheim <e.b.naesheim@gmail.com>
From: Isak Valtersen <isakyaki@hotmail.no>
RE: ??? (4)
I’m sorry I got so angry earlier, and I mean it when I’m telling you that you don’t mess everything up, but also it’s been so long since you’ve been around - even if that’s through our friends. I still need a little space, okay? I’m not saying forever.
Just for now.

 

To: Isak Valtersen <isakyaki@hotmail.no>
From: Even Bech Næsheim <e.b.naesheim@gmail.com>
RE: ??? (5)
I understand. I’m sorry again, Isak. I miss you.

 

To: Even Bech Næsheim <e.b.naesheim@gmail.com>
From: Isak Valtersen  <isakyaki@hotmail.no>
RE: ??? (6)
I miss you too, that’s why I’m asking you to do this.

 

To: Isak Valtersen <isakyaki@hotmail.no>
From: Even Bech Næsheim <e.b.naesheim@gmail.com>
RE: ??? (7)
Sorry, Isak, I won’t email you again after this one, it’s just to let you know: I have a new short film coming out very soon, it’s somewhat of a continuation of The Boy Who Couldn’t Hold His Breath Underwater.
I guess, what I’m saying, is that it’s for you. I mean, all my films are for you, but this is really for you. I’m so sorry, I hope I haven’t hurt you more by doing this.
I still love you, Isak. I never meant to hurt you. I’ll stay away from you now, I’m so sorry.

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‘EVEN BECH NÆSHEIM TO PREMIER SURPRISE NEW SHORT FILM, ‘SHAME’ AT OSLO/FUSION INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL’:
By: CHRISTINE OAKELY for BBC ENTERTAINMENT
Published: 12:00 PM, 1 September 2022

Even Bech Næsheim, considered to be one of the most on the market directors at the moment, has recently given a shock announcement. In a statement released by the Oslo/Fusion International Film Festival, a predominantly LGBT film festival designed to promote equality and education through entertainment, Bech Næsheim has set a date for the screening of his new film, SHAME.

“It’s not focusing on the shame of homosexuality, or same-gender attraction,” Bech Næsheim says, “I realise the title is a misnomer, in many ways. It’s really about the shame that can fester within a relationship, the shame that you can feel when you love someone so much, but it still doesn’t work out.”

A director known for putting his personal life into his work, I ask Bech Næsheim if he minds explaining the motivation behind SHAME’s plot.

“It’s really a continuation of The Boy Who Couldn’t Hold His Breath Underwater,” He says, looking away from me with the melancholia of a man who’s experienced heartbreak, “It’s exploring what it can be like to overcome a huge obstacle, and yet finding out that life still gets in the way. It’s a love letter and an apology letter, all wrapped into one.”

When asked about why he chose this particular venue to screen the film, he lights up. “I love the message and intent behind Oslo/Fusion. It’s just such a good festival, and it means a lot to me that it all happens in my own city. I think it’s important to stay close to my roots, I developed everything about who I am from my city, from the people around me. It means a lot that I get to give even the smallest thing back.”

He pauses, clearly thinking the next bit through, as he carefully continues, “As well as that, the opportunity for a Q&A meant a lot to me. This film is, in many ways, my most personal one. It explores a lot of my thought processes even more than FAKE did. I’m glad that I’ll get the chance to actively engage in that exploration with my fans, it means a lot to me to be able to do that.”

I inform Bech Næsheim that I’m only allocated time for one more question, and he seems to be genuinely disappointed. An attractive man, Bech Næsheim exudes a raw charisma and charm that isn’t just present within his directing work; it is a part of who he is.

“One question? That sounds ominous,” He smiles, and I am overcome.

I stutter out my final question: is he happy now? Bech Næsheim thinks this over for a while, “I am always trying to be,” He says, “I’m still bipolar, and I have a complicated romantic life, but most days I wake up, look out the window, and thank god that I’m here. So yes, I think I’m happy.”

You can see Bech Næsheim’s new film as part of the Oslo/Fusion International Film Festival on Monday, 5th September.

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To: Eskild
From: Isak
i need to come over
[Seen: 13:56]

To: Isak
From: Eskild
Do you want me to queue up the terrible horror films????
[Seen: 13:57]

To: Eskild
From: Isak
yes. i need comfort food and you and linn making snarky comments at some badly cgi’d werewolfs.
[Seen: 13:57]

To: Isak
From: Eskild
Say no more!!!!! You can always trust your Guru!!!!!
[Seen: 13:58]

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isakyaki posted on Instagram
“The old flat back together [] [] #flatfam” 17m

loglady99 commented
“I can’t believe you didn’t invite me!!!!” 9m

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Even Bech Næsheim [v] @ebnaesheim
Really looking forward to Oslo Fusion International Film Festival! There’s going to be some great new talent there! Get down to it.
02/09/22, 1:12 PM

Even Bech Næsheim [v] @ebnaesheim
I’m going to be showing my new short film SHAME on 05/09, come if you can! It’s very personal to me; I’d love to see you there. All the love
02/09/22, 1:13 PM

Even Bech Næsheim [v] @ebnaesheim
I’ll also be doing a Q+A on 07/09 talking about my new short film SHAME. Feel free to come and heckle me, I’ll give you all the love back []
02/09/22, 1:17 PM

Mikael Øverlie Boukhal @mikaelboukhal
homersimpsonsayingnerd.gif @ebnaesheim
02/09/22, 1:13 PM

Even Bech Næsheim [v] @ebnaesheim
@mikaelboukhal so you don’t want to come and join me then? Director of photography, and all?
02/09/22, 1:24 PM

Mikael Øverlie Boukhal @mikaelboukhal
No, @ebnaesheim I take it back! Take me with you! I WILL become the first DoP to be RELEVANT!
02/09/22, 1:26 PM

Mutta Tatouti @tatouti_fruity
@ebnaesheim @mikaelboukhal https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UHIBgv8uOpE
02/09/22, 2:41 PM

Adam Malik @adamthebettermalik
@ebnaesheim I have a question for your Q+A
02/09/22, 2:59 PM

Even Bech Næsheim [v] @ebnaesheim
I’m not accepting them right now @adamthebettermalik
02/09/22, 3:03 PM

Adam Malik @adamthebettermalik
Why are all your film titles so extra and in capitals? @ebnaesheim
02/09/22, 3:08 PM

Mutta Tatouti @tatouti_fruity
@adamthebettermalik “The Boy Who Couldn’t Hold His Breath Underwater”
02/09/22, 3:11 PM

Adam Malik @adamthebettermalik
@tatouti_fruity @ebnaesheim okay, point. SHAME is totally a better name. Sorry, Even.
02/09/22, 3:35 PM

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To: Even Bech Næsheim <e.b.naesheim@gmail.com>
From: Isak Valtersen <isakyaki@hotmail.no>
Subject: DRAFT #69
Fuck you, Even, because I want to comment on the fact that this is the 69th email I’ve written but I’m not going to send you, and how 69 is a funny number, but instead I am FREAKING OUT because you are making me another fucking movie and I am fucking speechless. I still cry when I even think about The Boy Who Couldn’t. Even. What are you doing to me?
Holy fuck, I miss you every fucking day of my life. I love you so much, I’m going to this fucking film premiere tomorrow and I’m going to cry my eyes out, then I’m going to sneak out before you see me, and then I’m going to fucking kill you when I’ve recovered.

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Mikael Øverlie Boukhal @mikaelboukhal
That film #SHAME was A M A Z I N G @ebnaesheim! Great cinematography. Wonder who the DoP was?
05/09/22, 7:31 PM

Adam Malik @adamthebettermalik
HOLY SHIT BRO…. U DID THAT. #SHAME @ebnaesheim
05/09/22, 7:32 PM

Mutta Tatouti @tatouti_fruity
@ebnaesheim I am heart eyes and bow ties for you, man!!!!!! [] [] [] That was so good #SHAME
05/09/22, 7:35 PM

Elias Bakkoush @heibriskeby
@ebnaesheim you have to come back on our channel so you can talk about #SHAME. That was so beautiful, bro. []
05/09/22, 7:40 PM

Yousef Acar @briskebyhei
I’m so proud to get to see @ebnaesheim’s amazing work. #SHAME was so beautiful []
05/09/22, 7:41 PM

Sana Bakkoush @therealsanabakkoush
It’s rare I agree strongly with my brother and boyfriend, but #SHAME was actually incredible. Well done @ebnaesheim x
05/09/22, 7:47 PM

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Q: You recently said in Entertainment Weekly that The Boy Who Couldn’t is dedicated to someone. Are any of your films dedicated to someone in particular?

A: Ha! I think you already know that SHAME was dedicated to someone, you just want more out of me. In all seriousness, though, I think everyone can tell that SHAME was dedicated to someone special in my life, the same person that The Boy Who Couldn’t was for. I guess you could call them, “the one that got away”, but I prefer to think of him more as, “the one who hasn’t come back yet”. I guess I’m still holding out hope for us to get our happy ending. I think, if you walk away from something, and get the opportunity to walk back and have the love still be there, you should always take it. Love is what fuels my films. I used to think that all people were alone, and maybe we are in small ways, in unavoidable ways, but this person showed me the big ways that I’m not alone. I think I’ll always love him for that, and SHAME was my way of showing him that.

- Excerpt of write up from Even Bech Næsheim’s Q+A, Oslo/Fusion International Film Fest, 2017
Posted on: http://daily_directors.tumblr.com

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To: Isak
From: Jonas
I’m not trying to push anything, man, but did you see the transcript from Even’s Q+A?
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To: Jonas
From: Isak
no?
[Seen: 16:13]

To: Isak
From: Jonas
http://daily_directors.tumblr.com/post/198738798
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To: Jonas
From: Isak
holy shit…….
[Seen: 16:23]

To: Jonas
From: Isak
jonas i think i’m about to do something stupid
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To: Isak
From: Jonas
Do I need to get bail money ready?
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To: Jonas
From: Isak
no. maybe get some fifa on standby, though. and some chocolate, in case this all goes wrong
[Seen: 16:20]

To: Isak
From: Jonas
[] [] [] Love you, bro
[Seen: 16:31]

To: Jonas
From: Isak
you too []
[Seen: 16:31]

To: Isak
From: Jonas
For the record? I don’t think it’ll go wrong.
[Seen: 16:33]

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To: Even Bech Næsheim <e.b.naesheim@gmail.com>
From: Isak Valtersen <isakyaki@hotmail.no>
Subject: Pandora’s box
Hey Even.  
I saw your film. It made me cry, it was so beautiful. The shot at the end, with the character just sitting on the train was so beautiful. You should really be proud.
You didn’t hurt me, you never really hurt me, Even. The situations around us hurt me, not communicating hurt me. Never you. You shouldn’t be ashamed of that, you should never be ashamed of anything about what we had. Even the end.
This would be the seventieth draft email, but after you put SHAME out there, your shame, literally out there, I figured it was time I put myself out there, too.
So here you go, the 70 emails I wrote you that I was never going to send. 70 love letters. Some aren’t that nice. Some are very badly typed. All of them are for you.
I’m shit at this stuff, Even, you know that, but nobody has ever made me feel quite like you do.

I’m hoping that we shouldn’t be ashamed of the end, because it means we get to have a new beginning?

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ebnaesheim posted on Instagram
“Me with the love of my life. Thank you so much everyone, we need to forget our #SHAME and focus on everything that’s good in our lives. I am so happy, so blessed. Thank you so much. All the love.” 1h

isakyaki commented
“I love you so so much [] [] []” 1h

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Even Bech Næsheim @ebnaesheim
The third and final instalment in “The Boy Who Couldn’t…” trilogy will called “YELLOW CURTAINS”, may one day you all find yours.
21/10/22, 9:21 PM