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21 September 2010
Film Festival Program 23rd-26th September 2010 at The Fram Museum

Film Festival Program 23rd-26th September 2010 at The Fram Museum. Films will be screened in the auditoriums around the boat. Information about the films see below. Click for film program at The Fram MuseumThe Norwegian Maritime Museum and The Kon-Tiki museum.


The films:


Roald Amundsen’s South Pole Expedition (1910-12)

This is the footage from the 1910-1912 South Pole expedition led by the Norwegian polar explorer Roald Amundsen (1872-1928). Through this expedition, Amundsen won the honour of conquering the South Pole - after a race involving several other polar explorers. The film is included in the UNESCO international register Memory of the World, as one of very few films among the heritage documents.

The material has been restored, and is here presented for the first time since 1913. Newly arranged and newly composed music accompanies the film. 44 min. Silent. English subtitles.


90 Degrees South

In 1910, Captain Robert Scott led a band of explorers to the South Pole, traversing hundreds of miles of the most brutal Antarctic topography only to discover that Norwegian Roald Amundsen had reached the Pole before them. The film reveals the real story of the hellish conditions braved by Scott and his men as they trudged endlessly to the Pole. Ponting's camera brought home the day-to-day routines of the party, giving a human perspective to the story. Unimaginable cold and hardship dogged them every step of the way, only to become worse on the return trip. Scott's final journal entries show the team behind schedule and short on supplies, facing a certain death with stiff-upper-lip British reserve, a heroic, tragic end to an impossibly difficult endeavour.

Cinematographer Herbert Ponting made the journey with Scott, shooting still photographs and movie footage along the way. From beginning to end, 90 Degrees South is a remarkable work. Ponting's shots of the Antarctic landscape, simultaneously beautiful and forbidding, have a stark elegance to them that is timeless. The mood is lightened considerably by his droll commentary on the antics of the continent's wildlife. 70 min. English edition.


Roald Amundsen

Norwegian documentary from 1954 covering the life and expeditions of explorer Roald Amundsen. The film includes original footage from most of his expeditions and interviews with several of his crew members. 100 min. English edition.


The Fast Runner

The first Inuit language movie by, based on an ancient legend, ATANARJUAT (THE FAST RUNNER) is the story of two generations of igloo-dwelling Inuit whose existence is disrupted by the presence of an evil spirit. Atanarjuat (Natar Ungalaaq) falls in love with Atuat (Sylvia Ivalu) who has been promised to the chief's evil-afflicted son, Oki (Peter-Henry Arnatsiaq). Meanwhile Oki's sexually voracious sister Puja (Lucy Tulugarjuk) desires Atanajurat for herself. It was filmed on location in the Arctic, with an all-Inuit cast, in and out of actual igloos lit solely by seal oil lamps. ATANARJUAT emerges as both as a vital cultural document and an innovative dramatic film. 162 min. English subtitles.


Nanook of the North

While this landmark 1922 production, shot on the northeastern shore of Hudson Bay, isn't a true documentary by contemporary conventions, it remains the first great nonfiction film. With the help of Nanook and his friends and family, the film-makers undertook the mission of re-creating an Eskimo culture that no longer existed in a series of staged scenes. Nanook ice fishes, harpoons a walrus, catches a seal, traps, builds an igloo, and trades pelts at a trading post, all captured by Flaherty's inquisitive camera. The director shares his tremendous respect and awe for a culture that has learned to not just survive but thrive in such an inhospitable environment. On a purely visual level the film is a beautiful work of cinema, an understated drama in an austere, unblemished landscape of snow and ice. With unerring simplicity and directness, the director re-creates the details and rhythms of a culture long gone and gives the world a glimpse. 72 min. English edition.


Complete film programe for all the museums here

You can find the complete conference program here.

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"Victory awaits him, who has everything in order - luck we call it.  Defeat is definitely due for him, who has neglected to take the necessary precautions - bad luck we call it"

Roald Amundsen

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