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TIFF 2019 14-20 January



January 14-20 2019

- According to the feedback from the audience, we have surpassed ourselves with this year's program in offering a wide range of movie experiences!, says Festival director Martha Otte. - There has always been a great width in the festival, but there is even greater diversity in this year's festival than in previous years.

Heavy industry ravages the Icelandic nature, so a sole woman has decided to take matters into her own hands and begins taking down electric pylons with bow and arrow. The government does their best to demonize and hunt down the mysterious eco-terrorist, as she is jeopardizing an international business deal. The press names her “The Mountain Woman”. Little do they – or the people around her – know of the fact that it is Halla, a friendly 49-year-old choir conductor who is the vigilante.

Six awards were handed out tonight during Tromsø International Film Festival closing ceremony.


An exclusive selection of the best and most exciting films from the international arena are nominated to compete for TIFF's Aurora Prize. The films must have their Norwegian premiere at TIFF to be eligible.

The winner film receives a diploma and NOK 50.000,-, provided by Samfunnsløftet, Sparebank-1 Nord-Norge.

Jury statement:

- We are very pleased that Gaspar Noé guests this year's TIFF. Noé is known as a provocateur, but is also a great film artist, and with CLIMAX he appears to reach a wider audience than usual, says head of Verdensteatret cinematek Sveinung Wålengen.

- It's enormously gratifying. The film is of later years one of the most intense and seductive film experiences - even if it is ever so nightmarish.

– There are a lot of different expressions and themes. There has always been a great width in the festival, but there is even greater diversity in this year's festival than in previous years, says Deputy Program Director Henning Rosenlund. There has been a lot to choose from and easy to find great movies from 2018, as it has been a good film year. The problem has rather been what to opt out.

Five films all about young girls in their search for their own identity. The films offer exciting situations, where crossroads in life and questioning who determines your life, are some of the central themes.

- These are all films with compelling stories about youth that is appropriate for all ages, ranging from high school students to adults, says Festival Director Martha Otte.

The Hate U Give - Chillingly relevant

The film industry in the north is developing rapidly and is reflected in TIFF's biggest side program, Films from the North , which grows in both program size and film length. - Films from the North always offer a lot of variety, both in genre and style. It's a rich and diverse program that I think will both entertain, move and fascinate the audience, says John-Kristian Dalseth, program director.


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