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How a work of art turned a tiny town upside-down.  

A small village in the mountains of Norway is bypassed by a new highway tunnel. To make up for the loss of traffic and trade, a group of artists is invited to create a public art piece. But the villagers, unimpressed with the process from the start, erupt in outrage as it begins to take shape. Work is halted, and the piece is removed for public safety. As the dust settles, the community wrestles with their village's unknown future and the question: "what is art?" In a surprise turn, the artists are invited back to finish what they started. Sometimes first impressions can be misleading.

Production and distribution

Production Year:
2020
Production country:
Norway
Release date (national):
2020-10-07
Production company:
Stray Dog Productions Oslo
Financing company:
Norwegian Film Institute
Producer:
KriStine Ann Skaret
Film consultant:
Eirin Gjørv

Director

  • Merethe Offerdal Tveit

    Merethe Offerdal Tveit (b. 1985 in Rosendal) works with documentary film and art film. She has produced and directed several short films about rural Norway, which she loves most. Her film Absalon Beyersgate 10, an experimental short film on super-8, was shown at Nordisk Panorama in 2010. She has a degree in directing from Nordland Art and Film School and a Masters in Film Art from OsloMet.  

    Merethe Offerdal Tveit

Awards

2020:
BIFF - Bergen International Film Festival
Best Norwegian Documentary
2021:
The Norwegian Documentary Film Festival
Gullfluga - Best feature length documentary
2021:
Nominated for the National Film Award Amanda for Best Documentary

Festivals

2020:
BIFF - Bergen International Film Festival
2020:
Nordic/Docs
2021:
TIFF - Tromsø International Film Festival
2021:
Human International Documentary Film Festival
2021:
The Norwegian Documentary Film Festival
2021:
Oslo Pix

Crew

Director:
Merethe Offerdal Tveit
Screenplay:
Merethe Offerdal Tveit
Cinematographer:
Lars Tubaas Øymo
Editor:
Erland Edenholm
Composer:
Christian Meaas Svendsen
Sound Design:
Håkon Lammetun

Technical information

Format:
DCP 2k
Screen ratio:
1:1,85
Colour:
Colour
Sound format:
Stereo 5.1
Length in mins:
50'
Language:
Norwegian
Subtitles:
English

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