Northern lights over Kvalvika, Inge Wegge (25) and Jørn Ranum (22) in sihouette

North of the Sun (Nordfor sola)

Inge Wegge (25) and Jorn Ranum (22) spent nine months of cold, Norwegian winter in the isolated and uninhabited bay of a remote, arctic island by the coast of Northern-Norway, facing nothing but the vast Atlantic Ocean. There they built a cabin out of driftwood and other cast-off materials that washed up on shore, and ate expired food the stores would otherwise have thrown away. But the boys brought with them two items of utmost importance: Their surfboards - perhaps their biggest motivation for the arctic adventure. Because the remote bay holds a well-kept secret; some of the world's finest surfing waves.

Production and distribution

Production Year
2012
Country of origin
Norway
Release date (national)
2012-04
Production Company
Filmhuset AS
Peder Claussøns gate 2
N-0130 Oslo
Producer
Anne Bergseng
Festival Contact
NFI Documentaries

Crew

Director
Inge Wegge
Jørn Nyseth Ranum
Screenplay
Jørn Nyseth Ranum
Inge Wegge
DoP
Jørn Nyseth Ranum
Inge Wegge
Editor
Marta Sæverud
Composer
Erlend Elvesveen
Sound Engineer
Jonas Kværner

Technical information

Format
DCP 2k
Screen ratio
1:1,85
Colour
Colour
Sound format
Stereo 5.1
Length in min's
46'
Language
Norwegian
English
Subtitles
English

Director

Inge Wegge

Studied film at Nordland college of film and art in Lofoten, north in Norway. Started filming when he was 14, and made some skateboard films with his friends. He continued making films and documenting the activities around him, and he's very grateful for having the chance to do what he loves doing and sharing it this way. After making North of the Sun he has had the opportunity to continue filming as a TV photographer.

Jørn Nyseth Ranum

His interest in film started it all when he was quite young. With his dad's video camera, he gave life to his toys through animation. Later on, it was snowboarding and documenting events in everyday life that got interesting. Experimentation with editing, sound and image. At Nordland college of art and film, he worked a lot with fiction and was very fascinated by the stories and universes, one can create through film. During the school and after graduation, the field of cinematography caught most of his attention.

Festivals

2012
The Norwegian Documentary Film Festival
2012
The Norwegian Short Film Festival
2012
Fjellfilmfestivalen - Norwegian Mountainfilm Festival
2012
Nordisk Panorama - 5 Cities Festival, Oulu
2012
Canadian Surf Film Festival
2012
Supersonic Festival
2012
London Surf Film Festival
2012
Wavescape Surf Film Festival, Cape Town
2013
Waimea Ocean Film Festival
2013
DocPoint - Helsinki Documentary Film Festival
2013
Göteborg International Film Festival
2013
Snøfilm
2013
Sheffield Adventure Film Festival
2013
One World - International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival, Prague
2013
Aotearoa Surf Film Festival
2013
Nord / Nordwest Surf Skate Film Festival Hamburg
2013
Lofoten Bygdefilmfest
2013
ViewFinders: Atlantic Film Festival for Youth
2013
Värmlands filmfestival
2013
5Point Film Festival
2013
Trento Film Festival
2013
Elixir/Nordic Outdoor Festival
2013
Au Bout du Rêve - Adventure Film Festival
2013
Mountainfilm in Telluride
2013
DocsBarcelona International Documentary Film Festival
2013
Dunkirk World Sea Film Festival
2013
Pelicam International Film Festival
2013
Ombak Bali International Surf Film Festival
2013
Portugese Surf Film Festival
2013
New Zealand Mountain Film Festival
2013
Honolulu Surf Film Festival
2013
Surf Film Festival Berlin
2013
Cervino CineMountain International Mountain Film Festival
2013
Transatlantyk Poznan International Film and Music Festival
2013
Dokufest - International Documentary and Short Film Festival, Prizren
2013
Surfilmfestibal
2013
Mill Valley Surf Film Festival
2013
MadSwell - Madeira Island Surf Film Festival
2013
Mountain Film Review
2013
Crested Butte Film Festival
2013
Adventure Film Festival Boulder
2013
International Festival of Mountain Films Poprad
2013
Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival
2013
DOCSDF International Documentary Film Festival of Mexico City
2013
La Costa Film Festival
2013
Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival
2013
Nordic Film Days Lübeck
2013
Snow Film Fest
2013
International Mountain & Adventure Film Festival Graz
2013
Rokumentti Rock Film Festival
2013
La Rochelle Adventure Film Festival
2013
Salzburg Mountain Film Festival
2013
Arctic Film Festival, Grand Marais, Minnesota
2013
Nordic Film Festival, London
2013
FICSURF Chile
2013
Surf Film Festival Santander
2014
Wild & Scenic Film Festival
2014
New York WILD Film Festival
2014
Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival
2014
Arctic Heat International Film Festival
2014
International Mountain Film Festival Domzale
2014
Oneota Film Festival
2014
Byron Bay Film Festival
2014
Martha's Vineyard Film Festival
2014
Festival des Globe-trotters Avignon
2014
Lookout Wild Film Festival
2014
PICURT - Mostra de Cinema de Muntanya dels Pirineus
2014
Ischia Film Festival
2014
Chamonix Adventure Festival
2014
Mokpo Ocean Film Festival
2014
Filmfest St. Anton
2014
Inkafest Mountain Film Festival
2014
Environmental Film Festival Melbourne
2014
Mountain Film Festival in Lądek-Zdrój
2014
Echo Mountain Film Festival
2014
Arctic Light Filmfestival
2014
Il Grande Sentiero

Prizes

2012
The Norwegian Documentary Film Festival: Audience Award
2012
The Norwegian Short Film Festival: Honorary Mention - Documentary Films
2012
Canadian Surf Film Festival: Best Film, Best Cinematography
2012
London Surf Film Festival: Best Documentary
2012
Wavescape Surf Film Festival, Cape Town: Best Feature Length Film
2013
Waimea Ocean Film Festival: People's Choice Award, Best Film Ocean Experience
2013
Sheffield Adventure Film Festival: Grand Prize - Gold Award, Spirit Of Adventure - Silver Award
2013
Nord / Nordwest Surf Skate Film Festival Hamburg: Best Feature Length Film
2013
Dunkirk World Sea Film Festival: Le Prix du Jeune Réalisateur
2013
Pelicam International Film Festival: Best Feature Length Film
2013
Portugese Surf Film Festival: Surf Film Best
2013
Cervino CineMountain International Mountain Film Festival: Premio Vie de Montagne
2013
Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival: Grand Prize, People's Choice Award, Dolby Audio Award
2013
International Mountain & Adventure Film Festival Graz: Kamera Alpin in Gold
2014
The Coldsmoke Award
2014
Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival: Best Environmental Film
2014
International Mountain Film Festival Domzale: Best Mountains, Sports and Adventure Film Award
2014
Byron Bay Film Festival: Best Surf, Cinematography & Environmental Nominee
2014
Lookout Wild Film Festival: Best Exploration Film
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