Norway / Sweden / Denmark 2015, 29 min, Norwegian, Hebrew & English subtitles

Twelve-year-old Vilde wants to dance the Halling, a traditional Norwegian dance, usually performed by men as a sign of virility. Her grandfather, once a champion sprinter, tells her that she can do whatever she wants, and Vilde is willing to put the hours required into training. As the national championships approach, she trains outdoors, in the snow-covered landscapes that surround her village. She practices on wooden beams and riverbanks, springing from rock to rock and running across the fields. She is very close to her grandfather, and is convinced that the exuberance she shows in her dance will help him overcome his illness.

Previous Festivals: IDFA, One World

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Director: Erlend E. Mo
Production: Tone Grøttjord-glenne And Anita Rehoff Larsen
Editing: Stefan Sundlöf
Cinematography: Lars Reinholdt, Tore Vollan, Erlend E. Mo
Music: Anne Hytta
World Sales: Autlook Filmsales / Andrea Hock

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Erlend E. Mo (b. 1967) studied literature and Scandinavian languages at the University of Oslo from 1986-90, and Film and TV at Volda University College 1990-92. Since then he has produced and directed several productions for mainly the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK), the Danish National Broadcaster (DR), TV2 Denmark and The Danish Film Institute.Mo has received numerous international awards for his work, at a wide variety of festivals. Such accolades include, among others: The Terje Vigen prize at the Norwegian Short Film Festival for the fictional documentary Forbidden Love (Forbudt kærlighed, 1998), which he wrote and directed; and Best Documentary at the Odense Film Festival in Denmark for Welcome to Denmark (Velkommen til Danmark, 2003). Can You Die in Heaven? (Kan man dø i himlen?, 2005) was awarded the Youth Jury’s Best Danish Film at Odense Film Festival, Best Children’s Doc at Pärnu, Estonia, and won a GuldDok for Best Documentary at CPH:DOX, while My Eyes (Inden for mine øjne, 2006) won the IDFA Silver Cub Award, a GuldDok for Best Sound at CPH:DOX, Best Short Film at Sao Paolo and the Cin-ematic Vision Short Award at the SilverDocs AFI (Discovery Documentary Festival). His latest film Four Letters Apart – Children in the age of ADHD (Jeg hader ADHD – Børn I en diagno-setid, 2014) received the Audience Award at both Thessaloniki Documentary Festival 2014 and BIDF (Budapest International Documentary Filmfestival) 2014