Film Archive

International Programme 2017
Childhood Margreth Olin

A forest idyll – the world of a community of preschool children whose only task is to play. Without commentary and (almost) without adults, Margreth Olin explores a childhood paradise.

Childhood

Documentary Film
Norway
2017
90 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Margreth Olin
Margreth Olin
Rebekka Karijord
Øystein Mamen
Helge Billing, Michal Leszczylowski
Margreth Olin
Andreas Lindberg Svensson
An idyllic place in the forest – the world of a community of children. We even get the brief impression that they are on their own here. But the area is part of a kindergarten that works wholly without the quaint notion of early childhood education. It’s run on the principle that children learn by themselves. Fantastic figures are made, using everything the forest has to offer, stick horses are carved, whole kitchens built. They have no other task but to play – with the others and with nature. Adults appear only marginally. Their role is that of companion. They make suggestions, unobtrusively teach the children how to realise their ideas. There’s a beautiful scene in winter: two kids are sitting peacefully under a bush, eating snow jellybeans, lost in thought and wholly caught up in their pretence. But even the most wonderful time in kindergarten has to end. When school starts they must say goodbye to their forest paradise.

Margreth Olin observed the children aged one to six in their world over one year. In perfect Direct Cinema style she uses no explanatory voice-over or conversations between adults. The film’s story arc is determined only by the children’s play and interactions, following the change of seasons.

Lina Dinkla

Mum’s Hair

Animadoc
Norway
2017
6 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles

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Maja Arnekleiv
Maja Arnekleiv
Mattis Sørum
Maja Arnekleiv
Jan Otto Ertesvåg
Maja Arnekleiv
Mattis Sørum
When Maja was 16 years old, her mother, the filmmaker Anita Killi, was diagnosed with cancer. Nobody knew what the outcome would be. But the whole family felt that a reservoir of good memories could help to survive the difficult time. A touching animated documentary was made out of the more than 2,000 pictures Maja took within a period of two years. A film that shows clearly that it’s not the hair that matters but the smile underneath.

Luc-Carolin Ziemann



Golden Dove International Competition Animated Documentary;
Nominated for Young Eyes Film Award

Thea

Documentary Film
Norway
2016
14 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Elisabeth Aspelin, Halvor Nitteberg
Halvor Nitteberg
Bernt Syvertsen
Øystein Mamen
Anette Stålem Flittig, Elisabeth Aspelin
Bernt Syvertsen, Mats Støten
A serious illness is no excuse to be in a bad mood. Thea is an epileptic and loves to tell jokes – at which she herself laughs the loudest.

Lina Dinkla
Kids DOK 2017
When I Hear the Birds Sing Trine Vallevik Håbjørg

Five adolescents remember the war at the Ivory Coast.

When I Hear the Birds Sing

Animated Film
Norway
2016
7 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Trine Vallevik Håbjørg
Trine Vallevik Håbjørg
Kouame Sereba, Erik Wøllo
Morten Øvreås
Øyvind Tangseth, Trine Vallevik Håbjørg
Trine Vallevik Håbjørg
Øyvind Rydland
Five adolescents remember the war at the Ivory Coast. Now, in the refugee camp, they can laugh and make plans for the future again.

Lina Dinkla