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Two sisters set off on an epic journey across the Norwegian wilderness to find help for their father who has fallen into a mountain crack.

Calm VEGA (9), her wild sister BILLIE (5) and their outdoorsy DADDY go for an overnight hike in the wilderness. The trip is all fun and games until Daddy falls into a mountain crack and hurts himself badly. Unable to move, he tells the girls to go and find help. 

Together Vega and Billie set off on a mission across the wild Norwegian nature, and must brave wild animals, exposure, each other and their own fear. They meet a number of grown-ups, but none of them are able to help. In despair, they take matters into their own hands and decide to return to the crack and try to save Daddy all on their own.  

Production and distribution

Production Year:
2020
Production country:
Norway
Release date (national):
2020-08-07
Production company:
Chezville AS
Producer:
Gary Cranner
Sales agent:
m-appeal

Director

  • Silje Salomonsen

    Silje Salomonsen (b. 1978) is a Norwegian actress, musician and film director from Stavanger, known for her work on films like Now It’s Dark, It’s Only Make Believe and Monsterthursday. She plays the leading role in Jannicke Systad Jacobsen’s new film 110% Honest, and is a frequent collaborator of Thomas Dybdahl, who also has scored her upcoming directorial debut Sisters.    

    Silje Salomonsen
  • Arild Østin Ommundsen

    Arild Østin Ommundsen (b. 1969) studied directing at the University College in Stavanger. After making short films in the last half of the 1990s – amongst others Before Sunrise, for which he won the Golden Chair award at the Grimstad Short Film Festival in 1999 - he made his debut as a feature film director with the indipendent hit Mongoland in 2001, a film he also co-wrote. The low-budget indie comedy was a hit with critics and audiences alike, and won the honorary award The Golden Clapper of the National Film Award Amanda Committee in 2001.

    His second feature film, Monsterthursday, was selected as the first Norwegian film ever to participate in a competition at the Sundance Film Festival. It won the Audience Award at the Mannheim International Film Festival, and has been screened at numerous festivals around the world.

    Østin Ommundsen has since then directed his third feature, Rat Nights, in 2009 (a thriller from the Norwegian oil industry), as well as made several short films, commercials and music videos, before taking on new challenges in directing a childrens film; the third and final installment of the Twigson-trilogy – one of the most successful movie franchises in Norwegian cinema history – premiering fall 2011.

    Arild Østin Ommundsen

Cast

Bille Østin
Vega Østin
Oddgeir Thune
Nina Ellen Ødegård

Awards

2020:
Mill Valley Film Festival
Family Films Audience Favorite
2020:
Schlingel International Film Festival for Children and Young Audience
MDR Special Award
2020:
Minsk International Film Festival LISTAPAD
Special Award
2020:
Nordic Film Days Lübeck
Children's and Youth Film Prize
2020:
Gijon International Film Festival
Best Feature Film
2020:
Ale Kino! International Young Audience Film Festival
Special Mention
2020:
Olympia International Film Festival for Children and Young People
Special Mention, Cinematography
2021:
Montreal International Children's Film Festival FIFEM
ECFA Award - Best European film for children
2021:
BUFF International Children and Young People's Film Festival
ECFA Award

Festivals

2020:
Mill Valley Film Festival
2020:
Cinekid
2020:
Schlingel International Film Festival for Children and Young Audience
2020:
Film Fest Gent
2020:
Minsk International Film Festival LISTAPAD
2020:
Nordic Film Days Lübeck
2020:
Thessaloniki International Film Festival
2020:
Chicago International Children's Film Festival
2020:
Gijon International Film Festival
2020:
Ale Kino! International Young Audience Film Festival
2020:
Olympia International Film Festival for Children and Young People
2020:
Giffoni Film Festival
2021:
Children's Film Festival Seattle
2021:
Montreal International Children's Film Festival FIFEM
2021:
New York International Children's Film Festival
2021:
BUFF International Children and Young People's Film Festival
2021:
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Crew

Director:
Silje Salomonsen
Arild Østin Ommundsen
Screenplay:
Silje Salomonsen
Arild Østin Ommundsen
Cinematographer:
Arild Østin Ommundsen

Technical information

Genre:
Family
Drama
Screen ratio:
16:9
Length in mins:
72'
Language:
Norwegian
Subtitles:
English

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