A Year Along the Abandoned Road

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A Year Along the Abandoned Road
Directed byMorten Skallerud
Produced byMorten Skallerud
Written byMorten Skallerud
Music byJan Garbarek
CinematographyMorten Skallerud
Edited byMorten Skallerud
Camera Magica
Distributed byOro Film / Norsk Filmklubbforbund (Norway)
Norwegian Film Institute(internationally)
Release date
June 1991
Running time
12 min.

A Year Along the Abandoned Road (Norwegian: Året gjennom Børfjord) is a Norwegian short film shot over a period of 105 days in 1988/1989 and released in 1991. Directed by Morten Skallerud, the film was shot in Super Panavision 70 (65 mm negative) and shows a whole year passing by in Børfjord in Hasvik, Norway, at 50,000 times the normal speed in just 12 minutes. The camera was moved slightly each day, and so the film gives the viewer the impression of seamlessly travelling around the fjord as the year goes along, each day compressed into a few seconds.

The film which premiered at the Kortfilmfestivalen Grimstad in June 1991, has been screened at over 300 film festivals throughout the world and won 12 different awards, among which the Norwegian Amandaprisen for best short film in 1991, and the Grand Prix at the Tampere Film Festival in 1992. The film is traditionally the opening movie of the annual 70 mm film festival held at the Cinemateket film club in Oslo.

In 2002 director Jesper Hiro used footage from the film in a-ha's "Lifelines" music video.

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