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The seal – or the art of swinging a hook

New documentary provides a credible and fast-paced picture of Norwegian sealing, but dares not take hold of the policy.

This article was translated by Google and R.E.


The Arctic plays the lead role in the Norwegian documentary Ishavsblod, who recently had a world premiere at the IDFA festival in Amsterdam. Tough guys jump between ice floes, the ship "Sea Turtle" being caught in the pack ice, before it ends up in a hurricane and has to seek refuge in Iceland. There, the skipper picks up a couple of skilled peers, and the crew is suddenly in a realitySituation: The number of bunks is not sufficient, so someone has to go home. The latest turnaround was hardly planned, but must have made the filmmakers rub their hands.

The directors Gry Mortensen and Trude Berge Ottersen wanted to give the sailing tradition a worthy swan song, and joined a two-month cruise in the Vestisen between Jan Mayen, Iceland and Greenland. About 100 years ago there were more than 200 Norwegian sailing vessels, but today only one remains, which is on its last voyage. This is a truth with modifications, but at least it is true that only "Sea Turtle" was catching 2015, when the authorities removed the financial support.

Bloody zen. The film's strongest strengths are the interplay between man and nature, which takes us away from dangerous drama. . .

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