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Pauline Merrildgaard + Martin Johannsen
Danmark + Danmark
2020 + 2020
66
min

A Year Forever + What the Sea Forget

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We are invited to experience a roller-coaster of large and small moments in the magical universe of teenage boys during a decisive year at boarding school. Shown with the short film ‘What the Sea Forget’.

At the Kastanievej boarding school for lower secondary students, Isaac, Oskar and Sylvester are for the first time away from home, for an entire year. Filled with energy and curiosity, fear and confusion, they try to navigate everything from their first love and who they want to be to what might happen if they smear tiger balm under their eyes. The sensitivity and great rush of adolescence are attentively captured in the debut director Pauline Merrildgaard’s film ‘A Year Forever’. The film is shown together with ‘What the Sea Forget’ by Martin Johannsen, an artistic and sensuous reflection of the situation of Palestinians in a country where few of them have access to the sea, which therefore only exists in their memories and distant dreams.

A Year Forever

Pauline Merrildgaard / Denmark / 2020 / 54 min / WORLD PREMIERE

At the Kastanievej boarding school for lower secondary students, Isaac, Oskar and Sylvester are for the first time away from home, for an entire year. Filled with energy and curiosity, fear and confusion, they try to navigate everything from their first love and who they want to be to what might happen if they smear tiger balm under their eyes. The sensitivity and great rush of adolescence are attentively captured by the debut director Pauline Merrildgaard, who with her impressionistic film from the inside of a boyhood universe has made a name for herself as one of Danish film's great new talents. The feeling of being young in Copenhagen right now, portrayed spot-on.

What the Sea Forget

Martin Johannsen / Denmark / 2020 / 13 min / WORLD PREMIERE

The sea is the epitome of freedom for the Palestinians. But due to the restrictions on their freedom of movement, a majority of Palestinians have for decades been denied access to the coast. In a simple but original and meaningful way, Martin Johannsen lets his protagonists recount their memories and ideas of the sea with their eyes closed, as if they had fallen into a trance-like dream. The sea becomes a mirror for reflection, where they talk about their relationship to water through living imagery. Some have never forgotten their only encounter with the sea, while others can only fantasise about what it looks like in reality.

Title
A Year Forever + What the Sea Forget
Director(s)
Pauline Merrildgaard + Martin Johannsen
Countries
Danmark + Danmark
Run time, min
66
Premiere status
Producer
Year
2020 + 2020
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