A Human Position

Anders Emblem

P&I Selection 2022

  • 78'
  • Norway
  • 2022

Long blue hours characterise summer nights in the sleepy Norwegian port town of Ålesund. Asta is a young journalist working for the local newspaper, where she is expected to report on local sports, historic preservation, and cruise ships. It is only when she stumbles across the strange story of a refugee’s forced deportation, that she finds new meaning in her work and life.

With sharply composed, contemplative images, the story unfolds along with Asta’s social awakening. Again and again, the camera explores the topography of her surroundings. In these quiet long shots, she often only appears as a forlorn figure on the horizon. Everything in this film seems like an externalisation of her inner condition: from the colour scheme to the small details of the everyday life she shares with her girlfriend.

Just as the past manifests itself in the town’s art nouveau facades, Asta’s pensive expression speaks for itself. Through its understated narrative and subtle symbolism, the film opens up a wide interpretive space for viewers. It offers a critical commentary on society in one of the wealthiest countries in the world. We as individuals can decide how far to go for personal commitment and responsibility.

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Available on Festival Scope Pro from 26 January 9:00 CET to 14 February 9:00 CET



Director
Anders Emblem
Country of production
Norway
Production Year
2022
Festival Edition
P&I Selection 2022
Length
78'
Medium
DCP
Language
Norwegian
Producers
Anders Emblem, Stian Skjelstad
Production Company
Vesterhavet
Screenplay
Anders Emblem
Cinematography
Michael Mark Lanham
Editor
Anders Emblem
Production Design
Brynhild Dagslott
Music
Eirik Slinning Korsnes
Cast
Amalie Ibsen Jensen, Maria Agwumaro, Lars Halvor Andreassen, Pål Bakke, Kjetil Dyb Lied, Anita Valderhaug, Per Dagfinn Kvarsvik