IN THESE DAYS THE 25TH TROMSØ INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL IS TAKING PLACE IN THE NORTH OF NORWAY. HOCUS FOCUS HAS CONTRIBUTED WITH POST PRODUCTION ON FIVE OF THE SHORT FILMS THAT ARE PART OF THE FESTIVAL PROGRAM.
These are all films inspired by or shot on location in Finnmark and are premiering at TIFF. A short brief and tease on what to expect: BORDERLAND, directed by Aleksander Olai Korsnes and produced by Rein Film, is set back in 1985 and takes place along the border between Norway and the Soviet Union. What starts out as a story about a man and his wish to catch a big salmon, turns into an incredible story about the cold war. Colour grading by Mathias Theissen, VFX by Bengt Ove Sannes and Elin Holde Hegsvold. Sound design by Preben Grieg-Halvorsen. ÁILE JA ÁHKKU (Áile and her Grandmother) This is the story about a young girl who has a special relationship to nature that only her grandmother understands. Álle is taught how to use plants as medicine. However, one day she discovers a secret that turns her little world upside down. Directed by Silja Somby, produced by Julev Film and Odd Levi Paulsen. Colour grading by Haavard Albertsen and Sound design Preben Grieg-Halvorsen. EDITH & AJLOSJA is also produced by Odd Levi Paulsen for Julev Film and is a simple story about love that defies cultural differences. A man and a woman are kept apart by a river, and have to break the laws of nature to come closer to each other. IDITSILBA (Burning Sun) is directed by Elle Márjá Eira, who takes us to a reindeer herder community. Májjen and all the other women in the community carry a very special hat that resembles that of a horn. Men representing the church argue that the hat resembles the horn of the devil itself. Therefore the hats must be extinguished. Produced by Ken Are Bongo for Davás Film and colour grading Mathias Theissen. JADUDAH (Red) is the last film of the five and what we can say about this short film is quite enigmatic: “A wedding photo captures the love for a short moment, a strange moment that might last an eternity". Directed by Maida Hals, produced by Odd Levi Paulsen for Julev Film and co-produced by Verk og Rein Film. Colour grading Haavard Albertsen.