28th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Bergen - A City West of Reason
Bergen - A City West of Reason
Bergen - A City West of Reason

Bergen - A City West of Reason

director: Frode Fimland
original title: Bergen - i all beskjedenhet
country: Norway
year: 2020
running time: 76 min.


Norway's second-largest city is not just an ordinary settlement with an inferiority complex and big ambitions. Surrounded by the sea on one side and mountains on the other and slightly detached from the outside world, Bergen lives its own distinctive story. This cinematic tribute to the town and its people is conceived as a series of micro-stories told against the backdrop of film footage taken over more than a century. In it, we learn what gave Bergen its modernist architectural appearance, why it is still a welcoming place to newcomers and, above all, what underlies the undying pride of the inhabitants of this perennially rain-drenched city.

“The rain, the humour, the passion, the arguments, the disasters, the complexes, the parties and the extravagance are some of the ingredients in this declaration of love for Bergen.”



Frode Fimland (1959) has long been associated with film and television production in Bergen, Norway. He founded and runs the company FimFilm, which produces content primarily for the Norwegian TV channels NRK and TV 2. He has contributed to a number of nature and cultural programmes filmed around the world.

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director: Frode Fimland
producer: Elin Sander, Elisabeth Kleppe
script: Elisabeth Kleppe, Elin Sander, Frode Fimland
editing: Selim Mutic, Henrik Hylland Uhlving
sound design: Yngve Leidulv Sætre
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