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TIFF 2020 13-19 January



January 13-19 2020

The sidebar has traditionally been reserved for shorts and documentaries. It has been tremendously popular, with more than 6000 tickets sold annually. At the 2019 edition we also accepted feature length films into the program for the first time, as this format has become more and more important in regional production. For the 2020 festival we continue to expand our scope by inviting Icelandic films to participate.

Lotte Reiniger's animated adventure film "The Adventures of Prince Achmed" (1926) is based on several stories from A 1001 Nights. It is considered to be the world's oldest still preserved animated feature film. The film is accompanied by a soundtrack, composed and played live by a band of Russian, Norwegian, Indian-Norwegian and Libanese-Norwegian musicians.  The tour is supported by BrentsKult.

The show had its premiere at TIFF 2019 in January and was also performed at Silent Film Days (stumfilmdager) this April.

Tour list:

- 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.


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