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In states of endless slumber, people endure the stifling dark. Powerful forces of nature rage relentlessly, sometimes soothing and sometimes menacing. The roar of the factory thunders on without halt, steadily eroding the surrounding landscape. Sluggish shapes seemingly abide the desolate waste around them. “These Mountains, these waves and our people, carry the darkness, lies and slowness within. For he who can't take no more only laughter can bring salvation.”

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Director's Statement

“Dvalemodus was created in a three-week timespan, during a winter-residency in a small town in Senja, an island in Northern Norway. Depoorter and De Craene created the film with the inhabitants of Skaland, a dark and freezing village. The film is a combination of mise-en-scene of the protagonists in their personal environment and documentary scenes. The film alternates portraits of people with shots of the harsh surrounding nature and describes how different people deal with the everlasting darkness.”




Copyright © 2017 Bieke Depoorter, Fabian&Fred

Previous screenings

Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival
24 Oct – 29 Oct | Jihlava, Czech Republic
7 Nov – 12 Nov | Winterthur, Switzerland
30 Nov – 10 Dec | Vienna, Austria

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