Egil Håskjold Larsen places a bold bet on imagery: in his black-and-white documentary, there’s hardly any room for words—unless they’re spoken with a laugh to a beloved dog or coming from the radio, where the commentator almost loses consciousness at the occurrence of a long-awaited goal. There is, however, a place for screaming gulls in the distance, the sounds of everyday work and snow underfoot in northern Norway, where 70-year-old Steinar has lived for years, less than a kilometer from the Russian border. A loner by choice, he even learns about the birth of his grandson over the phone. Nevertheless, he seems happy in his little universe, although life at the end of the world is not the easiest, depending, as it does, on the whims of nature, which can certainly be harsh. The Norwegian director understands him all too well. After all, he grew up right alongside him and recalls his protagonist from early childhood. Only now has he finally decided to go home.
Egil Håskjold Larsen is a Norwegian director, photographer and cinematographer. He studied at Anadolu University in Turkey and Volda University College in Norway. He has collaborated with, among others, Russia’s best-known documentary filmmaker, Viktor Kossakovsky. He made his debut in 2016 with the short film Ad Astra. Born in 1984, he grew up in the north of Norway, and he went back there for the film Where Man Returns. His well-received documentary 69 Minutes of 86 Days was an award winner at the CPH:DOX festival in Copenhagen and at Canada’s Hot Docs festival.
2016 Ad Astra (short)
2017 69 minut z 86 dni/ 69 Minutes of 86 Days
Tam, gdzie człowiek wraca / Hvor man vender tilbake / Where Man Returns