What happens when a group of international artists travel to North Korea to create art like the regime have never seen before?       

A film about the DMZ Academy project by Traavik.info - http://traavik.info/works/the-dmz-academy  


While the world is on the verge of nuclear war, a group of Western contemporary artists are invited into the eye of the storm - North Korea. The aim is to collaborate with North Korean artists in an art-exchange project displaying new and challenging art in a country where abstract art is forbidden. We observe as the notoriously clandestine and bleak country is invaded by this cast of colorful characters. They arrive in pursuit of a peaceful cultural exchange, but the project may well turn into a War of Art.        

Production and distribution

Production Year:
2019
Production country:
Norway
Co production country:
Germany
Release date (national):
2019-02-25
Production company:
Norsk fjernsyn AS
Co production company:
Story House Production
Producer:
Linn Aronsen
Eirin O. Høgetveit
Benedikte Danielsen
Andreas Gutzeit
Co producer:
Andreas Gutzeit
Film consultant:
Lars Løge
KriStine Ann Skaret
Sales agent:
DRG (Digital Rights Group)

Director

  • Tommy Gulliksen

    Tommy Gulliksen's background as a political and current affairs-journalist has resulted in over 20 documentaries during his working years at broadcaster TV2, and production companies Dokumentaravdelingen and Norsk Fjernsyn AS. He has been awarded six and nominated for several Norwegian Emmys (Gullruten) and won the Nymphe D´Or in Monte Carlo for the documentary "Terror Island" about the terrorist attacks at Utøya. 

    He is one of four founders of Norsk Fjernsyn AS and works as a director and is currently working on three documentaries and series in different phases of development and production.  Tommy has been following artist Morten Traaviks projects for many years and has traveled with him to North Korea several times, in 2015, as co-producer of the documentary film Liberation Day that was released worldwide in 2016.  
     

    Tommy Gulliksen

Cast

Morten Traavik
Henrik Placht
Nik Nowak
Jean Valnoir
Quentin Shih
Cathie Boyd

Awards

2019:
Human International Documentary Film Festival
Best Norwegian Documentary

Festivals

2019:
Human International Documentary Film Festival
2019:
CPH:DOX
2019:
DOK.fest - München International Documentary Film Festival
2019:
Nordic/Docs
2019:
DocEdge International Documentary Film Festival
2019:
Beat Film Festival
2019:
Sheffield Doc/Fest - Sheffield International Documentary Festival
2019:
Nordisk Panorama
2019:
DMZ DOCS - Korean International Documentary Film Festival
2019:
A Design Film Festival
2019:
Aldeburgh DocFest
2019:
North Korean Human Rights International Film Festival
2019:
HumanDOC International Film Festival
2019:
DART Festival - Documentary Film Festival on Contemporary Art

Crew

Director:
Tommy Gulliksen
Screenplay:
Tommy Gulliksen
Cinematographer:
Sven-Erling Brusletto
Editor:
Uwe Klimmeck
Composer:
Kjetil Røst Nilsen
Takumi Motokawa
Frank Zerban
Nik Nowak
Sound Design:
Øyvind Planting
Animator:
Kristian Pedersen
Jean Valnoir
Still photographer:
Tor Jørund Føreland Pedersen
ProductionDesigner:
Kristian Pedersen
Jean Valnoir

Technical information

Format:
DCP 4k
Colour:
Colour
Sound format:
Stereo 5.1
Length in mins:
102'
Language:
English
Subtitles:
English

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