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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.

A FUNNY AND WELL-MADE COMMERCIAL FILM FROM TANGRYSTAN HAS LAUNCHED A NEW DAIRY PRODUCT FROM ELDORADO CALLED FRISK.

A very sweet and rather annoying elderly man is asking the question – What is Kvarg? He is seeking everywhere – in the woods and at the sea, with magnifying glasses and binoculars, in the library and the plant kingdom’s geological history. The man with the woollen hat is even wondering if Kvarg might be the new Varg Veum. And the film works, as we get very curious as it progresses and no answer is given. According to the Big Norwegian Encyclopaedia, Kvarg is based on milk and is similar to cottage cheese. However, there is a difference, so we simply must run to the store and check it out.

Directed by Andrea Eckerbom, produced by Tangrystan, post-produced by Ole-Arild Svendsen and Hocus Focus: Edited by Thomas Løvig, colour grading and VFX by Haavard Albertsen and Bengt Ove Sannes, sound design by Preben Grieg-Halvorsen and Erik Ljunggren.

THE WORLD SUICIDE PREVENTION DAY IS THE 10TH OF SEPTEMBER EVERY YEAR. WITH LENE MARLIN'S RECENT CHRONICLE IN MIND, THE IMPORTANCE OF SUCH A DAY IS UNQUESTIONABLE.

The focus on the overwhelmingly many young ones struggling with life, is confirmed and emphasised by The International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) with support from World Health Organization (WHO).The documentary Leve/Live take the debate and work of preventing suicide a step further, on behalf of Red Cross in Norway. The basic principle of the organisation is the protection of human life, and as such the film tells the stories of several youths. They appear different in many ways - some of them with experience of loss; others have struggled with internal and well-hidden depression. The one thing they have in common is that they all have attempted suicide and survived. These are strong stories, which make an impact. As such, the film contributes to a deeper understanding of why, at the same time as it manages to rip off some of the old prejudice concerning suicide. Essential work from director and producer Fred Heggland and the production company Klikkmonster in cooperation with Red Cross, Jon Schultz, the Olaf-foundation and Unge Leve. Hocus Focus is grateful to have been given the opportunity to post-produce the documentary.
Editing by Ove Kenneth Nilsen, online and colour grading by Bengt Ove Sannes, sound design by Preben Grieg-Halvorsen and post-produced by Pia Nyhus.

"GROWN UPS CREATE FRIENDSHIP ONLINE" IS THIS YEARS CAMPAIGN AGAINST BULLYING FROM UDIR.

Digital bullying online through the use of social media is an increasing problem amongst kinds today, and harder to discover. So for all of you parents out there, pay attention to your kids web habits.
From the creative minds of director Mikkel Ohrvik and producer Elisabeth Enstad at Small Film, with agency Siste Skrik. Post produced by Jon Anders Klausen and Hocus Focus: edited by Rolf Thomas Løvig, sound design by Preben Grieg-Halvorsen, and online and grade by Bengt Ove Sannes.

SALTY PEANUTS FROM POLLY MIXED WITH DELICIOUS CHOCOLATE FROM NIDAR, CAN IT GO WRONG? NOPE, DON’T THINK SO.

Directed by Rasmus Sivertsen. Produced by Irene Sødal Didrichson and Qvisten Animation. Post-produced by Pia Røe Nyhus. Online and grading by Bengt Ove Sannes. Sound design by Preben Grieg-Halvorsen.