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A black comedy about the movement of people around the world. The encounter with a new homeland, a new culture and the system that greets them. Melina, 18, a refugee from the Middle East is stuck in the system that is meant to help her find work in her new homeland. 

Production and distribution

Production Year:
2019
Production country:
Norway
Release date (national):
2020-06-12
Production company:
Ape&Bjørn AS
Financing company:
Norwegian Film Institute
Producer:
Isak Eymundsson
Fredrik Støbakk
Film consultant:
Tone Johnsen

Director

  • Joern Utkilen

    Joern Utkilen (b. 1971) graduated from both the Edinburgh College of Art and Screen Academy Scotland and has gone on to write and direct a range of comedic films that have been presented at numerous international film festivals and broadcast on several television channels including ARTE and Canal +.

    Joern gained a BAFTA Scotland nomination for his controversial film Little Red Hoodie, which was part of the Cinema Extreme scheme. Joern has further developed his style with his black comedy Asylum, funded by Film4 and Creative Scotland. He was in 2012 awarded the “Underground Spirit Award” at the Palic European Film Festival.

    Joern also writes and directs under the pseudonym 'Jeorge Elkin' and won the Audience Award at the Clermont-Ferrand Lab Competition for the film Wind Over Lake.

    Joern has recently completed Earth Over Wind, a medium-length film financed through the Norwegian Film Institute’s 'New Paths' scheme.

    LAKE OVER FIRE is Utkilens debut feature.

    Filmography: 

    2017 Lake Over Fire

    2015 Statement Too

    2014 Earth Over Wind

    2011 Asylum
    2011 Wind Over Lake
    2008 Little Red Hoodie
    2007 No Coke
    2007 My New Job
    2005 Size 5
    2004 Paper Anniversary
    2003 Terrorist
    2001 My Job III
    2000 Paperclipmaker
    2000 My Job II
    2000 My Job

    Joern Utkilen

Cast

Melina Sjøstrøm
Cathrine Fjeldstad Smith
Cato Skimten Storengen
Ole Johan Skjelbred
Agnieszka Bator
Gurminder Singh
Victoria Bogoeva

Festivals

2020:
The Norwegian Short Film Festival
2020:
Edinburgh Short Film Festival
2021:
Minimalen Short Film Festival

Crew

Director:
Joern Utkilen
Screenplay:
Joern Utkilen
Cinematographer:
Hilde Malme
Editor:
Jeorge Elkin
Composer:
Jeorge Elkin
ProductionDesigner:
Dagny Dragekleiva
Costume Designer:
Dagny Dragekleiva
Sound Design:
Joakim Væhle Bjerknæs

Technical information

Genre:
Drama
Dark Comedy
Experimental
Format:
DCP 2k
Colour:
Colour
Sound format:
Stereo
Length in mins:
13'
Language:
Norwegian
Subtitles:
English

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