Best Shortfilms from Norway

Best Shortfilms from Norway




Drama
Norway | 17min | 2011
Aquarium is a short film by Bard Rossevold about Emma, a deaf and mute young artist. She lives a very lonely life. Her only friend is her little black fish. In the beginning of the film, she accidentally breaks the aquarium and her fish dies. When Emma goes out to throw the broken aquarium away, she finds a young man lying unconscious by the trash can. She drags him to her bed, and that’s where it all starts. While he’s asleep, Emma slowly starts falling in love with him. She paints a picture of him lying in her bed. Eventually, she even feels comfortable enough to lie next to him. When the young man wakes up, he has no clue what happened. Everything looks weird to him: a deaf girl he’s never seen before is wearing his T-shirt and making coffee for them. He storms out and the ending is heartbreaking: Emma is alone again, wiping coffee from the floor, just like she wiped water from the aquarium at the beginning. Her cries sound like they’re coming from behind the aquarium glass. She felt happy and got her perfect man – but only on canvas. It’s really a touching message for all artists.

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Sci-Fi
Norway | 10min | 2006
Sniffer is a short film directed by Bobbie Peers, set in a surreal world without gravity, where everybody has to wear heavy leaden boots. The main character works as a “sniffer” in a deodorant factory. The film opens with a scene in which he falls from his bed, onto the ceiling. His wife wakes up, puts him back in bed and ties him down nice and tight like she does that every day. We are instantly introduced to the rules of this surreal world, the relationship between the characters, and we also get a hint of the main character’s hidden desire: to escape. He’s trapped in a dull job, with a strict boss controlling the workers’ every movement. The people of this world all look alike and their facial expressions reveal very little emotion. One day a pigeon enters through the factory window, hits the ceiling and dies. The sniffer has a sudden epiphany. He storms out of the factory and frees himself from his work clothes and his leaden boots. In the closing scene, we see the sniffer’s wife gazing at her husband as he lifts off into the sky. From her facial expression, we can read that she is struggling to show emotion, but only if we try really hard.

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Drama
Norway | 25min | 2010
Tuba Atlantic is a short film directed by Hallvar Witzo. It tells a story of the last six days of a seventy-year-old man, Oskar. A young girl Inger, his “Angel of death” is assigned to spend time with Oskar until he dies. The interesting thing about Inger is that all of her previous customers mysteriously survived. So she’s a really bad “Angel of death”, and Oskar is making it even harder for her, by trying to push her away. Oskar’s secret desire is to reconnect with his brother, but it seems like he gave up on that. All that’s left in Oskar is anger and he’s prepared to die without even trying. If Inger wasn’t there, he never would have realized that it’s never too late. He shows Inger a huge tuba that he made with his brother a long time ago. The sound it makes is so strong it can be heard from America. Ingre’s curiosity and persistence wake up the desire in Oskar to test the tuba. In the end, they both get more than they hoped for: Oskar is reunited with his brother and Ingre’s whole perception of life is changed thanks to this brief friendship.

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