Following a nervous breakdown, ski athlete Jomar has isolated himself in a lonely existence as the guard of a ski park. When he learns that he might be the father of child way up north, he sets on a strange and poetic journey through Norway on a snowmobile, with 5 litres of alcohol as sole provisions.
On this journey through amazing arctic landscapes, Jomar seems to do everything in his power to avoid reaching his destination. He meets other tender and confused souls, who will all contribute to push Jomar further along his reluctant journey towards the brighter side of life.
Jury motivation: This year’s Norwegian nomination is a road movie in the classic mould, save for its unconventional means of transportation. It tells the story of a man who has to face his inner demons, and along the way becomes a catalyst for other people to face theirs. Visually, the film contrasts dramatic exterior landscapes in remote areas with sparse interiors, reflecting some of the conflicts raging within the main character. Subtle and understated, lead actor Anders Baasmo Christiansen makes a huge impression in this straightforward, genuine and at times extremely entertaining film.
National jury: Le LD Ngyen, Øyvor Dalan Vik