Norsk filminstitutt

The Earth is a Chili is an imaginative and partly animated story told from an eight year old boy's perspective. Through the story the audience goes on a journey with the boy, his little brother and the girl next door. It’s an adventure where good fights evil, brotherhood grows stronger and love emerges, in a mixture of dreams, nightmares and fantasies. The film explores how children themselves wish to convey and visualise their own universe.   

Production and distribution

Production Year:
2020
Production country:
Norway
Release date (national):
2020-06-09
Production company:
Indie Film AS
Financing company:
Norwegian Film Institute
Producer:
Karianne Berge
August B. Hanssen
Film consultant:
Lars Løge
Eirin Gjørv
Hanne Myren
Kari Moen Kristiansen

Director

  • Even G. Benestad

    Even G. Benestad (b. 1974), hailing from Grimstad, a small coastal town in the southern part of Norway, studied cinematography at Oslo Film and Television Academy. He made his first feature-length documentary All About My Father in 2002, portraying Benestads relationship with his own father, a well-respected doctor and transvestite, and how his father's choices, nature-of-being and self-realisation also affects his surroundings and family. The film was, for Benestad, an intensely personal film, which went on to be screened at more than 100 film festivals, and received both national and international acclaim.

    Besides directing his second feature-length documentary Natural Born Star in 2007, Benestad has (in various capacities) also worked on severeal other documentaries, shorts and even features - perhaps most notably playing himself as a behind-the-scenes-documentary filmmaker in the romantic comedy "meta-film" Hjelp, vi er i filmbransjen! in 2011. 2011 also sees Benestad premiering his much anticipated new documentary Pushwagner (2011).

    Benestad also blogs actively on montages.no, a Norwegian in-depth film website.  Benestad is currently working as commissioning editor at the Norwegian film Institute.

    Even G. Benestad

Festivals

2020:
Kristiansand International Children and Youth Film Festival
2022:
Minimalen Short Film Festival

Crew

Director:
Even G. Benestad
Emrik H. Benestad
Camera:
Lars Erlend Tubaas Øymo
Even G. Benestad
Editor:
Fredrik S. Hana
Composer:
Gisle Martens Meyer
Emrik H. Benestad
Animator:
Torjus Førre Erfjord
Sound Design:
Gisle Martens Meyer
Frode Løes Hvatum

Technical information

Format:
DCP 2k
Colour:
Colour
Length in min's:
17'
Language:
Norwegian
Subtitles:
English

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