Mount Halde (3D)
Where the Trains used to
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A Year along
the Abandoned Road (70mm)
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photo by: Knut
"A YEAR ALONG THE ABANDONED ROAD"
"A Year along the
Abandoned Road" is a portrait of a deserted fisherman's village
in Northern Norway called Børfjord - a place with an incredible
personality in the middle of a magnificent Arctic nature.
12 minute short film was filmed in 70mm Super Panavision, using
a specially developed "nature animation" technique. The
result is a magic flight in one single shot, along the remains of
an internal village road. At the same time a whole year passes by
at 50 000 times normal speed!
Most of the year, the village
of Børfjord lies empty with virgin snow between cold houses.
People show up only during a short and hectic summer season. But
the cycles of nature go on as they have always done, totally independent
of what people might do.
Music for the film was written
by the Norwegian jazz saxophonist and composer Jan Garbarek.
"A Year along the Abandoned Road" has been
to more than 300 film festivals since it was released in 1991, and
has won 12 prizes. In 2002 it was elected "Best Norwegian short
film ever" in a vote among Norwegian film people, and the pop
group A-ha used it as a basic for their music video "Lifelines".
A 4K DCP has been made for
digital cinema. Analog film prints exist in 70mm (5perf, with 6
track magnetic or DTS sound), and 35mm Anamorphic (Scope, with Dolby
For "home use", "A Year along
the Abandoned Road" is available on BluRay together with "Where
the Trains used to go" and 32 more Norwegian animated short
films, on a release by the Norwegian Film Institute celebrating
100 years of Norwegian animation: "Animated
in 100 years 1913-2013". Discs
are sold by the Norwegian Film Institute
and Platekompaniet. (BluRay only, no "ordinary" DVD...)
More about the making of "A
Year along the Abandoned Road"