A Norwegian guide to Beldocs

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The tenth Belgrade documentary film festival Beldocs is bringing three new Norwegian movies worth watching.

This year, Beldocs has a selection of 89 films from 40 world countries, classified into thirteen programme sections, in four premiere cinema halls. It has been tough for us to recommend three only, but our choice fell on three Norwegian releases: Atlantic, Venus and Shooting Ourselves.
 
Venus
Yugoslav Film Archive Museum / 13.05.2017 / 22:00
 
During casting sessions, young women from Copenhagen talk candidly about their sexual experiences. Initially, the two female directors wanted to make a film as a way of better understanding their own sexual desires and frustrations. In response to a casting call, more than a hundred ordinary young women turned up and talked straight into the camera about their erotic fantasies. As shooting progressed, the filmmakers realized that these intimate casting sessions should in fact be the final film. 
 
The interviewees gradually open up: one shy woman discovered that she gets aroused watching two men having sex. Another woman talks about how she finds it difficult to submit to a man. A recurring frustration is that women are supposed to be simultaneously innocent and wild, often an impossible combination. Because the man is supposed to actively take steps – you don’t kiss him, he kisses you – his intentions and motivations are easier to understand. The bare surroundings of a casting studio allow Venus to pierce these female passions.
 
Atlantic 
Yugoslav Film Archive Museum / 10.05.2017 / 21:30
 
Atlantic follows the fortunes of three small fishing communities united and divided by the Atlantic Ocean – Ireland, Norway and Newfoundland – as they struggle to maintain their way of life in the face of mounting economic and ecological challenges. As the oil majors drive deeper into their fragile seas and the world’s largest fishing companies push fish stocks to the brink, coastal communities and the resources they rely on are fast approaching a point of no return.
 
Shooting Ourselves
Belgrade Youth Center / 14.05.2017 / 18:00
 
The 2014 Global Peace Index Report’s found that the world has become increasingly more violent since 2008, reversing a 63-year trend for increased peace and stability since 1945. The report also suggested that 500 million people live in countries at risk of instability and conflict.
 
Having all this in mind, Norwegian filmmaker Christine Cynn wanted to document the stories from many conflicts, past and current. In ‘Shooting Ourselves’ we watch protagonists compare their experiences, and question the costs and benefits of armed conflict. Underneath, however, each person is respected and their common humanity allows them to relate to one another.