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14.-20. januar 2019

Opening film / Closing film

Competition Program

Twelve artistically ambitious films, including the festival's official opening film, compete for the Aurora Prize at TIFF 2017. The titles are also eligible for two other awards: the International Critics’ Award Fipresci and The Don Quixote Prize awarded by FICC, the international organization for film societies. All films have their Norwegian premiere at TIFF.

Norwegian Horizons

TIFF proudly presents "Norwegian Horizons", our program dedicated solely to Norwegian filmmaking. This program includes four feature length films, all of which reflect the festival's profile and themes. Every film is engaged in the world around us globally and their characters come from diverse backgrounds and places.

  • Director:
    Nizam Najar
    Country:
    Norway, Denmark, France
    Year:
    2017
  • Director:
    Nour Eddine Lakhmari
    Country:
    Morocco, Norge
    Year:
    2017
  • Director:
    Håvard Bustnes
    Country:
    Norway, Denmark, Finland
    Year:
    2017
  • Director:
    Marte Vold & Jéro Yun
    Country:
    Norway, South Korea
    Year:
    2017

Horizons

Horizons features a selection of high quality films in different genres and styles, and from all over the world. The only criteria here is quality. 

Horizon East

In the spirit of the historically close ties between Tromsø and our neighbors in the East, Tromsø International Film Festival aims to promote cultural exchange between our countries by presenting new films from the northeast. Starting with a selection of officially produced Soviet films at the very first TIFF edition in 1991, we have continued to present a selection of titles from the region that otherwise would not be screened in Norwegian cinemas. Since 2002, Horizon East has been a regular sidebar for feature films and documentaries from Russia, Finland, and the Baltic states.

The Sea

Films have been made by the Sea, about the Sea and in the Sea. The Sea can be the theme of a film, a true setting, or a mere backdrop. It can be alive, filled with life, but at the same time deadly, merciless. The Sea both connects us and limits us. Historically we have known the Sea as a massive, threatening force, a challenge to be conquered; now we know that humankind can represent a threat to the Sea. The Sea is both a material and spiritual basis for society, politics and culture.THE SEA is a sidebar including shorts, documentaries and feature films, focusing on the relationship between the humans and the Sea. Romance and realism, tragedy and humor. Life itself.

Radicalized

Can film and fiction provide insights into one of the most contentious global issues today: radicalization and terrorism? TIFF and the research project ”Face of Terror” at NTNU has curated a series of films that illuminates radicalization, conflict and terrorism from different parts of the world and different perspectives. What are the costs of radicalization – for victims of terrorist attacks, for those fighting terrorists or for people close to the terrorists themselves? Telling stories with both personal and political implications, the films in this program are both moving and enlightening at the same time.

  • Director:
    Matthew Heineman
    Country:
    USA
    Year:
    2017
  • Director:
    Fatih Akin
    Country:
    Germany
    Year:
    2017
  • Director:
    Salem Brahimi
    Country:
    Algeria
    Year:
    2015
  • Director:
    Ziad Doueiri
    Country:
    Belgium, France, Lebanon, Qatar
    Year:
    2012
  • Director:
    Ziad Doueiri
    Country:
    Lebanon
    Year:
    2017
  • Director:
    Michael Winterbottom & Mat Whitecross
    Country:
    UK
    Year:
    2006

Naoko Ogigami: Another Universe

Welcome to a film universe where none of the characters are married, they are rarely in romantic relationships, they don’t live with their parents, and they don’t have children. Instead, the characters in this quartet of films form friendships with each other as they pursue their own interests. And by the way, all these characters are women. Japanese women. Naoko Ogigami is not interested in worn-out screen stereotypes. She needs more room when she sets out to explore a spectrum of thoughts and feelings with more nuances. Loneliness, anger, loss, quiet joy – and not least of all, humor. Her films have been described as lyashi-kei eiga, films that provide emotional healing. This is something that has made her extremely popular in Japan, among both women and men. Of course! Who can resist the idea of emotional healing? It’s like the best vacation you can imagine.

  • Director:
    Naoko Ogigami
    Country:
    Japan
    Year:
    2017
  • Director:
    Naoko Ogigami
    Country:
    Japan
    Year:
    2007
  • Director:
    Naoko Ogigami
    Country:
    Japan
    Year:
    2006
  • Director:
    Naoko Ogigami
    Country:
    Japan
    Year:
    2012

Asif Kapadia: Storyteller

TIFF has been lucky to develop ties to several great directors over the years. One of these is without doubt Asif Kapadia, who now visits the festival for the third time since his debut THE WARRIOR, and later FAR NORTH in 2008. Kapadia made a deliberate change in his work when he moved from these epic fictions to release the documentary SENNA in 2010. By using archive material in a new way, he developed a fluid, emotional style of storytelling, feeling closer to feature films than the traditional documentary. His methods were further developed in Oscar-winner AMY (2015). At TIFF 2018 Kapadia will give a master class on storytelling in the documentary, and also introduce the three great films presented in this mini-portrait.

  • AMY
    Director:
    Asif Kapadia
    Country:
    UK
    Year:
    2015
  • Director:
    Asif Kapadia
    Country:
    UK, France, USA
    Year:
    2010
  • Director:
    Asif Kapadia
    Country:
    India, UK
    Year:
    2001

East Side Stories – Socialist Musicals

A western audience will undoubtedly be amazed to hear that musicals existed behind the Iron Curtain, but musical films from the USSR and Eastern Bloc were cherished spiritual nourishment for massive audiences in the 60s and 70s. There are no imperishable masterpieces in this selection, but there are no films that merely illustrate the postulates of the retired ideology either. There is something else in these films – an astonishing, strange, whimsical universe with laws of its own. Today’s audiences will be impressed by the skills of the directors to please the authorities while also offering top-notch entertainment. Enjoy!

Overdrive

As the name indicates, these films are set in overdrive: they are a bit rougher, crazier, absurd – and in some cases a bit sicker than the average festival film. So buckle up, and hang on for your life.

  • Director:
    Fedor Bondarchuk
    Country:
    Russia
    Year:
    2017
  • Director:
    George A. Romero
    Country:
    USA
    Year:
    1968
  • Director:
    Coralie Fargeat
    Country:
    Frankrike
    Year:
    2017
  • Director:
    Jean Libon & Yves Hinant
    Country:
    France, Belgium
    Year:
    2017
  • Director:
    Arthur de Pins & Alexis Ducord
    Country:
    France
    Year:
    2017

Critics' choice

TIFF and the Norwegian Film Critics' Association are pleased to present five films chosen by Norwegian and foreign film critics. The selection is based on the critics' personal preference. The sidebar also includes five Norwegian feature films from 2017, selected by TIFF and the film website Montages. Please note that introductions by Norwegian critics will be held in Norwegian.

  • Director:
    Margreth Olin
    Country:
    Norge
    Year:
    2017
  • Director:
    Alain Gomis
    Country:
    France, Belgium, Senegal, Germany, Lebanon
    Year:
    2017
  • Director:
    Ole Giæver
    Country:
    Norge
    Year:
    2017
  • Director:
    Samuel Benchetrit
    Country:
    France
    Year:
    2015
  • Director:
    Stephen Nomura Schible
    Country:
    Japan, USA
    Year:
    2017
  • Director:
    Annika Berg
    Country:
    Denmark
    Year:
    2017
  • Director:
    Joachim Trier
    Country:
    Norge
    Year:
    2017
  • Director:
    Jonas Matzow Gulbrandsen
    Country:
    Norge
    Year:
    2017
  • Director:
    Iram Haq
    Country:
    Norge
    Year:
    2017
  • Director:
    Hlynur Pálmason
    Country:
    Denmark, Iceland
    Year:
    2017

Films from the North

The best of new shorts and documentaries made in the Barents region and other circumpolar areas. The Tromsø Palm is awarded the best film in competition. 

Special Screenings

This sidebar offers a range of unique film experiences: our outdoor Winter Cinema program, film concerts and the festival history's first-ever dance-along screening!

Seminars & events

Seminars and other events for Film industry and audiences during the festival.

Winter Cinema

Free screenings for kids and grown-ups at the outdoor cinema at Tromsø's main square.