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HAUGESUND 2020

Haugesund mette in luce i futuri talenti del Nord nella sezione Next Nordic Generation

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Haugesund mette in luce i futuri talenti del Nord nella sezione Next Nordic Generation
Tape di Mirjam Thorkelsdottir

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“You saw it here first” is always a fun thing to have said, and the Next Nordic Generation section of the Norwegian International Film Festival at Haugesund gives a chance to do it every year, with a carefully picked selection of freshly made student films from Nordic film students. This year offers ten: five from Norway, one from Sweden and four from Finland. To make things a little serious, a competition is also conducted, awarding NOK 10,000, courtesy of SF Studios Norway, through a three-headed jury of well-travelled professionals. This year’s programme showcases alumni from Aalto University of Esbo, Finland, HDK-Valand, Göteborg, Sweden, Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, Vanda, Finland, The Norwegian Film School, Lillehammer, Norway and Høyskolen Kristiania, Oslo, Norway. The short films' runtimes range from seven to 26 minutes, and festival-goers will see these works playing before the main features, hopefully stimulating their appetite for shorts.

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From the host country is Olav Bjelland Feet’s Stalker, where two people sharing the same stalker — as well as their actual stalker — talk about their respective and not seldom harrowing predicaments. In Papapa, Kerren Lumer-Klabbers explores the intricacy of a donor-father who meets his offspring for the first time, expanding their relationship beyond the realm of mere theory. Jonathan Lomar’s Made in Skene also deals with fathers, the loss of one to be exact, and the best way to cherish the memory, hard as it sometimes may be. Both Mirjam Thorkelsdottir’s Tape and Ivar Aase’s Cam Boy contain filmed material as centrepieces, of a sexual revealing and even, once again, harrowing nature.

Finnish fare consists of Norrberg - The Great Hold-Up by Santtu Koivisto, a tricky little western homage complete with a live band accompanying the riveting goings-on. In Verge, Marika Harjusaari depicts ensuing events after a young man presents his girlfriend to his family for the first time. Yet another couple turns up in Lauri-Matti Parppei’s The Last Day, living in a long-distance relationship and preparing for yet another period of physical separation. In Malin Nyqvist’s The Enraged Ones, a group of high school seniors is planning their farewell show when a rumour of a classmate’s attempted suicide starts spreading in the school cafeteria. Forest is the name of the Swedish entry, directed by Sive Hamilton Helle, featuring distinctly Nordic moods and imagery, including a white horse, two sisters and an urn. “The viewer”, the presentation reads, “is invited to a condition beyond the human gaze, without straying too far away from the ongoing threats to our environment.”

The jury members are producer-editor Gary Cranner, producer-cinematographer Elisa Pirir and former Haugesund head of programming Håkon Skogrand.

More info about the films here.

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