Poster for Ole Giæver’s ‘From the Balcony’ released

From the Berlin Film Festival website:

A man is standing on a balcony. Just as he inspects the passers-by on the street, he begins to examine his stream of consciousness. Feeling experimental, he titillates his taste buds with a raw egg, locates his flat on a virtual aerial shot of Oslo, contemplates nature by taking in the view of a mountain range, or transports himself back in an old home video to his teenage self, dreaming of a new identity. Time and again, his thoughts return to his daily life: how does his son experience time? What kind of a life will his daughter lead? Where does his wife feel most at home? What defines his relationship to them, to himself and for that matter to creation itself? After his previous fictional voyage of self-discovery, Mot Naturen, Ole Giæver trains his gaze on his own universe. Blending brutally honest admissions, meditative reflections and a portion of humour he takes us on an expedition to plumb the depths of human existence. Lightness and charm pervade this mixture of animation, photographs, video clips and documentary footage. As he shapes his vision into a cinematic collage, Giæver manages to enthuse us with his curiosity about the world – and shows us our place within it.


Emma Vestrheim

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.