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A Year along
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"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".
Film prints exist in 70mm (5perf,
with 6 track magnetic or DTS sound), and 35mm Anamorphic (Scope,
with Dolby stereo sound). DCP for digital cinema has been made in
4K. Being intended for the big screen, "A Year along the Abandoned
Road" has not been distributed on video. But a BlueRay has
been planned together with other films, the release of this will
be announced here on Camera Magica's web pages.
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Year along the Abandoned Road"