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Til månen med bestefar

Til månen med bestefar is a documentary from up and comer David Alraek, who won the very award for young talent at this year’s Bergen International Film Festival. Til månen med bestefar is an intimate and personal portrayal of David’s grandfather, Kåre, who has lived a exciting, fascinating and enjoyable life. As he moves into a retirement home after developing dementia, David sets out to explore his grandfather’s life through archival footage.

The documentary uses footage that Kåre shot himself from as early as the 1950’s, when Kåre is jumping butt-naked into the fjord. David begins to film his present-day grandfather as he is diagnosed with dementia, fearing of losing his grandfather’s amazing stories. He films various interviews with him, takes him out for beer (and to watch women, as his grandfather seems to want to do) and gains a true understanding of how his grandfather spent his life.

David is clearly inspired by his grandfather’s story. He is David’s childhood hero, but beyond that Kåre’s passion for photography and film is what inspired David to become a film-maker. Kåre inspires David to create his own adventures rather than reminisce on his, as he says a the age of 87: “Are you an inventor? Are you inventive? To the bitter end.”

Til månen med bestefar is a warm and humourous film, playfully reflecting on how memories are created and how they fade away. This isn’t a documentary about the pains of dementia, but rather about the intrigues of life, told through two lives and three generations with the aid of grainy footage and crystal clear HD shots. The film provides an intimate insight into the history of an amazing man, conveyed in an inherently positive way. This documentary is about living life to the fullest, about joy, a zest for life, and the adventures that can influence and inspire others.

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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.