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A retrospective, coming of age documentary about a group of train robbing kids from Norway in the 90s.

In the mid 90s a group of young friends aged 11-15 stole an enormous amount of beer and soda from freight trains in Trondheim, Norway.

Train Robbers is a nostalgic, funny, serious, warm, sad and poetic coming of age documentary about kids that didn’t fit in at school or the football team. This could have been a film about adult men with drug addiction, prison sentences and split families. But it is not. This is a story about the children that had the future ahead of themselves, but society let down.

Production and distribution

Production Year:
2019
Production country:
Norway
Release date (national):
2019-03-06
Production company:
Spætt Film AS
Co production company:
GOfilm
Financing company:
Midtnorsk filmsenter
Norwegian Film Institute
Filmkraft Rogaland
Fritt Ord Foundation
Producer:
Håvard Wettland Gossé
Jon Vatne
Co producer:
Gunhild Oddsen
Film consultant:
Jannicke Systad Jacobsen
KriStine Ann Skaret
Helle Hansen
Lars Skorpen
Sales agent:
KurzFilmAgentur Hamburg e.V.

Director

  • Martin A. Walther

    Martin A. Walther (1986) comes from Trondheim, Norway. He has a BA in film science from the University of Trondheim and a BA in documentary directing from University of Lillehammer. After finishing his education he worked as a teacher for three years before returning to directing film. “Train Robbers” is his directorial debut. 

    Martin A. Walther

Cast

Train Robber 1:
Erlend Hansbakken
Train Robber 2:
Isak Melling Lesund
Train Robber 3:
Iver Svenning Brevik
Train Robber 4:
Mathias Holst Iversen
Train Robber 5:
Olliver Våge
Dorm Resident:
Stian Hovland Pedersen

Festivals

2019:
Kosmorama Trondheim International Film Festival
2019:
The Norwegian Documentary Film Festival
2019:
International Short Film Festival Hamburg - Mo & Friese
2019:
The Norwegian Short Film Festival
2019:
Nordisk Panorama
2019:
Noordelijk Film Festival
2019:
ExGround Filmfest
2020:
Minimalen Short Film Festival
2020:
Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival
2020:
Love & Anarchy - Helsinki International Film Festival
2020:
Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival
2020:
Bolton International Film Festival

Crew

Director:
Martin A. Walther
Screenplay:
Martin A. Walther
Casting:
Martin A. Walther
Finn Walther
Jon Vatne
Cinematographer:
Nils Eilif Bremdal-Vinell
Camera:
Nils Eilif Bremdal-Vinell
Ask Jacobsen
Editor:
Fredrik S. Hana
Composer:
André Bratten
Sound Design:
André Bratten
VFX artist:
Christer Runde
Thomas Berg
First assistant director:
Finn Walther

Technical information

Genre:
Society & Politics
Youth
Format:
DCP 2k
Colour:
Colour
Length in mins:
20'
Language:
Norwegian
Subtitles:
English

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