#ReadNordicFilm: Ninjababy

To be or not to be a mother

When twenty-three-year-old artist Rakel discovers she is six months pregnant, her world is turned upside down. Her love life is in chaos and Rakel is nowhere near ready to become a mother. But since abortion is no longer an option, the only option left is to give the baby up for adoption. But then Ninjababy, a cartoon baby, pops out of Rakel’s sketchbook and wants a say in the whole thing…

As part of the #ReadNordicFilm series, we invite you to watch the Norwegian comedy

NINJABABY (Norway, 2021, 103 min)

Directed by Yngvild Sve Flikke
Screenplay: Johan Fasting, Yngvild Sve Flikke, Inga Sætre
Cast: Kristine Kujath Thorp, Arthur Berning, Tora Christine Dietrichson, SiLyA, Nader Khademia, and others

IMDB 7,2/10

Challenging stereotypical notions of the desire for motherhood, Norwegian comedy drama Ninjababy is based on the graphic novel Fallteknik by Inga H. Sætre. Director Yngvild Sve Flikke received the Amanda Award for Best Director, among others, and has also enjoyed success with the film abroad.

The main role is played by Kristine Kujath Thorp, who recently starred in Christoffer Borgli’s unconventional satire about toxic relationships and a compulsive craving for attention, Sick of Myself. One of Raquel’s suitors is played by Nader Khademi, who won the Amanda Award for Best Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role.

In the original sound with Czech subtitles.

The screening will be preceded by an introduction to Nordic comics in Czech translation.


15 June, 19:00 PRAGUE, Edison Filmhub (Jeruzalémská 1321/2)
– introduction by Jitka Jindřišková
– 165 CZK; online at edisonfilmhub.cz

15 June, 20:00 BRNO, Kino Art (Cihlářská 19)
– introduction by Karolína Stehlíková
– 120 CZK (100 CZK for members of the Scandinavian House); online at kinoart.cz


Adaptations of books or biographies of literary figures are extremely popular among Scandinavian filmmakers. A new series shows, among other things, how filmmakers approach these challenges. Screenings take place roughly every other month at the Edison Filmhub in Prague and several times a year also at the Art Cinema in Brno, or in a virtual cinema. Through lecturers’ introductions, we present not only the film itself and its authors, but also the related book titles and place them in the context of Nordic literature and national cinema. In addition to highlighting books available in Czech, we also introduce the public to works that have not (yet) been translated.

The event is organised by the Scandinavian House in cooperation with Edison Filmhub and Kino Art, with financial support from the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic, the Prague Municipality and the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic, Embassy of Norway in the Czech Republic and the Statutory City Brno.