Takk or turen (regi Henrik Martin Dahlsbakken, 2015)
Thanks for Dancing (dir. Henrik Martin Dahlsbakken, 2015)
Actors: Stein Winge, Jan Malmsjö

Thanks for Dancing (Takk for turen)

A lifelong relationship is coming to an end, as we follow two elderly men and former athletes the last winter they are living together.

Thanks for Dancing is a short film centred around a lifelong relationship that is coming to an end, as we follow two elderly men and former athletes the last winter they are living together.

It is early February and close to the freezing point in Hedmark, East Norway. The previous national champion in Combined Skiing, Roland (65), lives with his Swedish coach through all years, Bertil (79), atan isolated and remote farmhouse.

As Roland enters retirement, his partners cancer diagnosis casts a shadow over their warm and established coexistence. Rolands frustration is not helped by Bertils rejection of any life-prolonging treatment. Bertil will rather spend his energy enjoying what time he has left.

For the first time in their long relationship, it is Roland who is in charge and must look after his old coach and partner. Together they look back at the life they have shared while Roland is forced to look forward and reinvent his future and its possibilities.

Production and distribution

Production Year
2016
Country of origin
Norway
Release date (national)
2016-02
Production Company
FilmBros Productions AS
FilmBros, Holsvegen 36
2315 Hamar
Producer
Kamilla Kristiane Hodøl
Festival Contact
NFI Shorts
International sales
Magnet Film

Crew

Director
Henrik Martin Dahlsbakken
Screenplay
Henrik Martin Dahlsbakken
Kamilla Krogsveen
DoP
Oskar Dahlsbakken
Camera
Wenche Hovet
Editor
Henrik Martin Dahlsbakken
Production Designer
Ragnhild Juliane Sletta
Set Designer
Kristian Skar Frøysaa
Prop Master
Ragnhild Juliane Sletta
Costume Designer
Miriam Lien
Make-up Artist
Miriam Lien
Sound Designer
Inger Elise Holm
Sound Engineer
Nils Are Viken
Sound Recording
Fanny Wadman
First Assistant Director
Katinka Lotherington
Stills Photographer
Johnny Vaet Nordskog

Technical information

Genre
Drama
Format
DCP 2k
Shooting format
Super 35
Screen ratio
1:1,85
Colour
Colour
Sound format
Stereo 5.1
Length in min's
18' 55"
Language
Norwegian
Swedish
Subtitles
English

Director

Henrik Martin Dahlsbakken

Henrik Martin Dahlsbakken

Henrik Martin Dahlsbakken (b. 1989) grew up in Hamar, and has studied media science in Norway and the UK. He is a self-taught filmmaker and trained cinema projectionist. Dahlsbakken has made several short films using 8mm, S16mm, 35mm and 65mm film techniques, and cultivates the analog idiom in the creative process. His greatest success thus far has been the short film The Devil’s Ballroom (2012), which won awards at multiple festivals around the world. Dahlsbakken's first feature film, Returning Home (Å vende tilbake), premiered in 2015 at the Rome Film Fest and was shortlisted as the Norwegian Oscar candidate for best foreign language film. Dahlsbakken continues to develop his own personal film projects, shorts as well as feature films.

Cast

Roland
Stein Winge
Bertil
Jan Malmsjö
Stina
Lia Boysen
Hanna
Alma Flygel Owren
Sverre
Ingar Helge Gimle

Festivals

2016
Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival
2016
Aspen Shortsfest
2016
Go Short International Short Film Festival Nijmegen
2016
MiFo LGBT Film Festival, Miami
2016
Brussels Short Film Festival
2016
Canadian Sport Film Festival
2016
The Norwegian Short Film Festival
2016
Frameline - San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival
2016
Palm Springs International ShortsFest
2016
Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival
2016
CinemaQ Film Festival, Denver
2016
Lviv Short Film festival Wiz-Art
2016
Oslo/Fusion - International Film Festival
2016
Helsinki International Film Festival - Love & Anarchy
2016
Reeling - Chicago Gay and Lesbian Film Festival
2016
Out On Film Atlanta's LGBT Film Festival
2016
MIX Copenhagen
2016
Tampa Bay International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival
2016
ImageOut: The Rochester LGBT Film Festival
2016
ReelQ - Pittsburgh LGBT Film Festival
2016
Southwest Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
2016
Eau Queer Film Festival
2016
Flanders International Film Festival Ghent
2016
TWIST Seattle Queer Film Festival
2016
Perlen Queer Film Festival Hannover
2016
Festival Chacun son Court
2016
San Jose International Short Film Festival
2016
FILMETS Badalona Film Festival
2016
Nordic Film Days Lübeck
2016
Mezipatra Queer Film Festival
2016
Saint Cloud Film Fest
2016
Pink Screens Film Festival
2016
Side by Side LGBT International Film Festival
2016
Puerto Rico Queer Filmfest
2016
Séquence Short Film Festival
2016
Face à Face - St. Étienne Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
2016
Image+Nation Montreal LGBT Film Festival
2016
Autrans International Mountain & Adventure Film Festival
2017
Prague Short Film Festival
2017
Minimalen Short Film Festival

Prizes

2016
Aspen Shortsfest: Audiene Award,
Best Drama
2016
MiFo LGBT Film Festival, Miami: Best Short Film
2016
FILMETS Badalona Film Festival: Badalona's Venus to the Best Actor ex aequo: Stein Winge and Jan Malmsjö
2016
Mezipatra Queer Film Festival: Best Short Film
2016
Puerto Rico Queer Filmfest: Audience Award for Best International Short Film
Norwegian shorts

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