ONEOTA Film Festival and Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum in special arrangement with the Norwegian Film Institute will present recent Norwegian films beginning with the award-winning documentary North of the Sun (Nordfor Sola). It will play at 3 p.m., Fri.day July 25, at the Amdal-Odland Heritage Center at 523 W. Water Street across from Vesterheim Museum in downtown Decorah.
North of the Sun (2012) has enthralled audiences wherever it has been shown–Telluride, Banff, Grimstad and other international festivals, and in Decorah where it was an audience favorite at the Oneota Film Festival in March.
The story takes place on an isolated and frigid beach north of the Arctic Circle in Norway, where two young men with two surfboards and a pile of garbage test a hypothesis–could they live happily, and even comfortably, off the waste of others.
They chose this remote beach because it held a well-kept secret: it is the locus of some of the world’s finest undiscovered surfing waves.
For the full 46-minutes, North of the Sun features breathtaking cinematography as well as a jaw-dropping story of adventure and deep-running wonder.
On Saturday, a series of short Norwegian films will be shown beginning at 3 p.m. at Amdal-Odland Center.
The 2012 films include Dreaming of the Golden Eagle (Drømmen om kongeørnen) (8 min.) and Øystein Moe and Alexander Somma’s indescribably quirky Alien Repair Guy (13 min.). The Devil’s Ballroom (Mannen fra isødet) (15 min.) also will be shown. It is an eerie story, set in 1910, of a strenuous journey to the North Pole in which a chance encounter forces a fearless explorer to make an impossible decision.
“These selections will give audiences a wonderful glimpse into the extraordinary breadth, storytelling and artistry of Norwegian filmmakers today,” said John K. Hall, Oneota Film Festival vice president and curator of film selection. “All are imminently entertaining. They range from the fantastic to funny to heartfelt to stunningly beautiful. One of the short films will raise deep questions.”
All films are subtitled in English.
All Oneota Film Festival films are free of charge. No tickets are required. Seating is on a first-come basis.
Dreaming of the Golden Eagle and Alien Repair Guy should be of particular interest to ages as young as 10, as well as adults.
Decorah’s nonprofit Oneota Film Festival is made possible by the generous support of sponsors, members and donors across the regional community.
Besides special film showings in summer and fall, OFF holds its major three-day event in March.