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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.

MCDONALD’S LOVES THE NORWEGIAN FARMER. ACTUALLY, THE GIANT COMPANY LOVES THE HARDWORKING FARMERS SO MUCH, THAT A FOUR MINUTES COMMERCIAL FILM IS DEDICATED TO THEM.

Qvisten Animation and director Petter Jahre have produced a one-of-a-kind story of friendship in which puppets on strings held the main characters. The American street artist Ricky Syers has handmade the two good friends – the farmer and the restaurant worker – who stick together through the good times and the bad. Their relationship is that of silence and to describe this very special bond – no other than Ronan Keating and his “When You Say Nothing at All”. The song is originally a country song, however Mr Keating took it to number one at the charts in 1999, as it appeared on the soundtrack to the film Notting Hill. Well, now it is the soundtrack of a slightly shorter and less romantic story of Norwegian rural life and the way they nurture their potatoes, salads and cows. The quality of what the farmers produce equals the quality of what McDonald’s can offer - so there you have it.
See the film here

Post-produced by Ole-Arild Svendsen and Hocus Focus: Ove Kenneth Nilsen (editor), Haavard Albertsen (colour grading and VFX) and Preben Grieg-Halvorsen (sound design).

THE LATEST CAMPAIGN FROM TANGRYSTAN IS ALL ABOUT THE LOCAL AUTHORITIES OF OSLO POINTING A FINGER AT ITS INHABITANTS AND SAYING – PULL YOURSELVES TOGETHER, PEOPLE!

The reason for this adult education-like message includes a green bag and the sorting of recycleable leftovers, which obviously isn’t good enough. The film communicates loud and clear. However what we love about it is the fabulous panoramic view of Oslo city including Barcode and Plaza Hotel, accompanied by an excellent constructed and fictional watertank. This for the purpose of exemplifying the scale of waste they are talking about – and it works both visually and textually. The film is directed by Andrea Eckerbom and produced for Internet. The campaign also includes large outdoor boards, with the intention of reaching and reminding even more citizens of Oslo.

Post-production by Hocus Focus with editor Henrik Berge, Mathias Theissen was VFX supervisor on the set, colour grading and VFX by Haavard Albertsen. Sound design by Preben Grieg-Halvorsen.

LET’S BE HONEST; IF YOU PUT AN AUTOMATIC ANTI COLLISION SYSTEM ON A BUMPER CAR, IT TAKES AWAY ALL OF THE FUN. BUT IF YOU PUT THE SAME SYSTEM INTO A REAL CAR, IT WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE ONE DAY.

Volkswagens new innovation is an emergency brake system that will automatically hit the brakes if you don’t!
From the creative minds of Try Reklamebyrå and production company Go Happy! Produced by Miriam Pedersen Eeg, directed by Lars & Christoffer. Post produced by Lene Albertsen and Hocus Focus: Edited by Henrik Berge, colour grading and online by Haavard Albertsen. Sound design by Preben Grieg-Halvorsen. Casefilm by Hocus Focus.