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January 13-19 2020

Program 2017

When the Atlantic cod heads for the Northern Norwegian coast to spawn, the children in the fishing village Myre sharpen their knives and get ready for work. Cod tongue cutting is a tradition spanning generations back, and kids as young as five take part in the process of producing this delicacy. With an almost frightening pace, their knives slice and cut, and a highlight of the season is the World Championship of cod tongue cutting.

Cod season is the backdrop of the story of Ylva (9) and Tobias (10). Ylva lives in Oslo and comes to visit her grandparents – and to learn cod tongue cutting. Tobias has worked on the docks since he was six and is already skilled with the knife. Now he is to tutor Ylva. We follow their friendship and get to see how children, when given the opportunity, take on responsibility for work, life and for each other.

Orginal title: 
TUNGESKJÆRERNE
Director: 
Solveig Melkeraaen
Screenplay: 
Solveig Melkeraaen

Photography: 
Håvard Fossum

Actors: 
Ylva Melkeraaen Lundell, Tobias Evensen and more
Run time: 
1 hour 25 min
Year: 
2017
Country: 
Norway
Producer: 
Ingvil Giske
, Medieoperatørene AS
Sales: 
Tour de Force
Age rating: 
15
Director info: 

Solveig Melkeraaen (b. 1978) is one of Norway’s most successful documentary filmmakers. Her film GOOD GIRL (“a feel good film about depression”) was a big success in Norwegian cinema in 2014, and was screened in competition at a number of international film festivals. She was born and raised in Øksnes in Northern Norway, and started to cut cod tongues at the age of six.