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Børfjord, Northern Norway
photo by: Knut Skoglund 


"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.
The 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 stereo sound).
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 within Norway by Platekompaniet. (BluRay only, no "ordinary" DVD...)

More about the making of "A Year along the Abandoned Road"

.The team shooting "A Year along the Abandoned Road"
photo by: Svein Andersen