Margreth Olin is Norway's most respected documentarian. Her awardwinning films have touched audiences with tightly woven stories concerning those who are less fortunate than everyday people. Her previous feature film, "The Angel" (Engelen), was based on the story of a close friend who had a serious drug addition.
The Angel was nominated as Norway's contribution to the American Academy Awards, in the category "best foreign movie".
Olin's latest documentary, reveals the life of minor asylumseeking children in Norway. We follow the brothers Husein and Hassan, from Afghanistan, Goli from Kurdistan and Khalid from Afghanistan. All of which have been through mindblowing ordeals in their home countries, and went through a traitorous journey to get to Norway, where they hoped for a better future.
In 2009 the Norwegian government made a change in their policy, which meant that as long as the asylumseeking children where under 18 years of age, they would receive a restricted residential permit in Norway. On their 18th birthday each child receives a notice telling them when they will be sent back to their country of origin.
For the poor souls who do not get a permanent residential permit, this means disaster, and all hope for a bright future is lost.
The stories really shocked me when I saw the movie for the first time.
Learning that Norway actually withholds several of the articles in "The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child" was not what I expected.
This movie has already started an important discussion, both among politicians and voters.
I had the pleasure to be the colorist and online-editor for this intense documentary. Together with director Olin and DOP Øystein Mamen, we found the right look to compliment the story. It was important not to impose an unnatural grade, so we respected the feeling of the original material.
There was a mix of different cameras used on the shoot, ranging from DV in PAL resolution, Canon 5D MkII, Panasonic P2 and RED One.
I had to handle the images with great care before grading them, which involved a fare share of noise reduction. In addition to the live action footage, over 100 still images was used in the cut. We used the high resolution RAW-images as a source, and graded them from color to black and white. These images have a lot of tension.
I graded the movie at ShortCut Norway's grading cinema, on Da Vinci Resolve 8 (Linux), using a Christie 2K projector. In the final online I regrained the whole
movie with Autodesk Smoke, using samples from 35mm filmstock. This gave the images more depth and a breath of organic life. I am proud of how it turned out.
It was a really interesting experience to work a project like this, with such a dedicated director.
"Nowhere Home" (De Andre) has it's Norwegian premiere on the 26th of October. The movie has already won the prize for the best documentary at
The Bergen International Film Festival (BIFF), and has been selected for screenings at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam.
Check out the trailer!
And be sure to see it at the cinemas!
Production Company: Speranza Film
Producer / Director: Margreth Olin
Co-producer: Lars Jönsson
Cast: Goli Mohammed Ali, Hassan og Husein Ali, Khalid Faqiri, Badi Hurasi, Hossein Tahei, Sherzaman Dawlatzai, Nyonko Drammeh Mahmadou, Abbas Shojai, Alouk
DOP: Øystein Mamen, FNF
Location sound: Diana Cecilie Karlsdottir
Editors: Helge Billing, NFK & Michal Leszczylowski, SFK
Sound Design: Per Boström
Original Music: Rebekka Karijord
Stills photographers: Øystein Mamen, Jamal Penweny, Paal Audestad, Morgan B. Sikkelboel
Colourist / Online Editor: Dylan R. Hopkin