They have lived their lives on famous stages and in the orchestra-pits of New York’s Broadway. Now they will bring their high-energy bluegrass to Finnmark. Get ready for the “NyCity Slickers”. “We are thrilled to move from one continent to another to participate in this Norwegian-American cultural exchange”, says Faser Hardin, the band-leader of “NyCity Slickers”. He speaks with an enthusiasm that is characteristic of Americans, as well as people from Finnmark. When Faser Hardin met the director Knut Erik Jensen in the Manhattan neighborhood “Hell’s Kitchen” two years ago, they quickly hit it on, and later an unusually strong connection has manifest itself between Nordkapp and New York.
It is with great pleasure Nordkapp Film Festival can announce that the Norwegian documentary “Bjørnøya: Follow your dream” will set off the festival on the 10th of September. Director Inge Wegge presents a film about three brothers who wish to surf waves that no one has surfed before them. Their dream lead them to Bjørnøya, neighbor to the more well-known Spitsbergen. For two months they live on the island, self-sustained with food and equipment. They seek the simpler life at one with nature, connected to the joys of mountains, sea, snow air.
The director, Solveig Melkeraaen, will present the closing film on the 14th of September.
Ida Balto, the head of the program comitee, is pleased to announce that the closing film of the festival is the Norwegian documentary “Good Girl”, directed by Solveig Melkeraaen. The film opens at cinemas in October this year. Melkeraaen has made a documentary about herself and her family, and what they experienced when she was hospitalized at a psychiatric ward, diagnosed with severe depression.
It is with great pleasure we present the 11th poster of NFF, this time in the form of a painting by Bjarne Holst (1944-1993). Holst, a well-known visual artist, was born and raised in Honningsvåg. His breakthrough as an artist came with his exhibit in The Society of Young Artists in 1970, and in the same year he was included in the prestigious annual Autumn Exhibition. His work can be found in galleries and museums both at home and abroad, for example in the Norwegian National Gallery.
The five-day festival is packed with films, seminars and other exciting events. Nordkapp Film Festival is officially opened on Wednesday the 10 th of September, with the opening film screened at 19.00. After the film, there will be fireworks, as well as the world’s northernmost festival parade, led by the local marching band “Honningsvåg Musikkforening”. The parade ends at Rica Hotell, where the opening party is held. Here there will be served food from the ocean, with king crab as one of the highlights.