Retrospektive 2019

Ni liv

Nine Lives
Arne Skouen
NO 1957
96min
V'19

Nach dem Krieg entstanden auch in Norwegen einige Filme, die die Opposition gegen das faschistische Regime Vidkun Quislings feierten. Obwohl der Widerstand hier vergleichsweise gering ausfiel, war er besonders wichtig, insofern das Land eines der Zentren des nationalsozialistischen Atomwaffenprogramms war. Bestes und populärstes Beispiel ist NI LIV, in dem die Heldentaten Jan Baalsruds geschildert werden. Der in Großbritannien ausgebildetete Kommandant durchlitt während seiner zweimonatigen Flucht vor den Nazis Kälte, Hunger und Schneeblindheit, konnte jedoch auf die Unterstützung des norwegischen Widerstands zählen. Eine so düstere wie tröstliche Überlebensgeschichte.

Mit einer Einführung von Stephen Howarth.

 

Compared to those of some other occupied territories or puppet states, the Norwegian resistance movement was much smaller in size and demanded far fewer victims, although the stakes were extremely high nevertheless, Norway being one of the epicenters of the Nazi nuclear weapons program. After the war, Norway produced a series of films that celebrated both armed and unarmed resistance to the Quisling regime. The finest example of this – and also the most enduringly popular film the nation has ever produced – is Arne Skouen’s NI LIV, based on the writings of British naval officer David Armine Howarth, who maintained a clandestine link between Scotland and Norway during World War II. Both narratives depict the heroics of Jan Baalsrud, a British-trained commando in the Norwegian resistance, who once spent two uninterrupted months on the run from the Nazis while suffering from terrible cold, hunger, and even snow blindness. He could not have survived without the help of the courageous Norwegian people, who undertook tremendous risks by hiding and feeding him. Skouen’s survival tale is at once grim and hopeful and was decades ahead of its time in its methodic minimalism and visceral depiction of all the hell and high waters that Baalsrud endured. It still stands taller and prouder than any other film about Norwegian commandos on skis to this day.

With an introduction by Stephen Howarth.

Credits
  • Jack Fjeldstad
  • Henny Moan
  • Alf Malland
  • Joachim Holst-Jensen
  • Lydia Opøien
  • Edvard Drabløs
  • Arne Skouen
  • basierend auf David Howarth's We Die Alone - A WWII Epic of Escape and Endurance
  • Ragnar Sørensen
  • Bjørn Breigutu
  • Gunnar Sønstevold
Nordsjøfilm AS
35 mm
SW
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