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Through Darkness
2019
Norway
Melissa Brandner, Manuela Mandl
Melissa Brandner, Manuela Mandl
Melissa Brandner
Joonas Mattila
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22 min
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High up in northern Norway, above the Arctic Circle, five snowboarders, some local, some visitors, are out in the mountains during the polar night. Their attention to the dark is curious, their perception focused on their immediate surroundings. Their field of view is narrowed along with the length of daylight, everyday life becomes a challenge, one's own rhythm changes. They must not only overcome the lack of sight, but also the risks of steep avalanche terrain.
A film that explores the concept of darkness through the eyes of different people. The story takes the audience on a journey through darkness, showing what it takes to overcome the difficulties that we face as individuals.
Is darkness just the absence of light? Do we need darkness, in order to recognise the brightness of light? Can we really understand the fullness of life when we are buried in a crisis?
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Selected festival history
  • N.A.F.F. in Denmark (Debutant award)
  • IFMF in Poprad (Best ski Movie)
  • Tromsø International Film Festival (Rookie award)
  • St. Anton Film Festival in Austria
  • High Five Festival in France
  • EHO Mountain film Festival
  • Annual Film Festival in USA Fira de la Muntanya, Barcelona, Spain
  • Bovec Outdoor Film Festival in Sloveni
MELISSA BRANDER
DIRECTOR'S BIOGRAPHY:
Melissa is from the UK, but now lives in Northern Norway. Passionate about protecting the environment, she is involved in different local initiatives to create change and an international ambassador for «Protect our winters», «Patagonia and Infinitum movement» (Norway). Professionally she is both a PHD in marine Biology and film maker. In fall 2018 she was awarded a scholarship for young artists from «TviBit» Tromsø, Norway. Creativity, managerial and communication skills, developed within her research career, lend well to her new career in film making. After producing a short film project «Roll and Ride» in 2018, she has now produced and had a debut directing the multi-award winning «Through Darkness» alongside partner Manuela Mandl.

Director's filmography:
2019 - «Through Darkness»
MANUELA MANDL
DIRECTOR'S BIOGRAPHY:
Manuela grew up in Vienna/Austria and is a professional Snowbarder and Freeride- World champion 2018. Actually studying Architecture at the Academy of fine Arts Vienna, she is interested in culture, art and all questions about human and natural habitats. Aesthetic visions, conceptual ideas and making her passion understandable for a wider audience triggered the urge to start movie projects. Her experience in front and behind the camera from her years as a professional athlete, developed her eye for framing shots and direction on site in film making. Her heart is drawn to mountains all over the world constantly. Manuela produced Roll and Ride alongside Melissa Brandner and had her directing debut with Through Darkness.

Director's filmography:
2019 - «Through Darkness»