Northern Light (United States)
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Northern Light

Northern Light

  • Nick Bentgen


In a remote corner of Michigan, in the northeastern United States, work is hard to find. The men cling to their passion for racing snowmobiles or cars; the women are housewives, supermarket employees or bodybuilders. "We decided to craft an observational film that tracks the intertwining lives of these three families – no interviews, no explanations, just the drama of life unfolding in the present tense. They allowed us to create an emotional film that immerses the viewer in the changing lives of working-class Americans" (Nick Bentgen). In this impressionist portrait, magnified by its photography, the camera lingers on faces and bodies, as if on the parts of a whole: a province removed from the world, a hostile countryside that stretches forever. The chiseled and elliptic montage cuts, alternates and enlarges; and the dialogues, caught in snippets, are indicative above all. A powerful and musical construction, like the movements of a symphony, following the cycle of the seasons, responds to this fragmentary art. An intimate fresco with epic qualities.
Alessia Bottani
Section:  Cinquante
Length: 105'
Country: United States
Year: 2013
Language(s): English
VdR edition : 2019
VdR award(s) : Prix spécial Régionyon, Long métrage le plus innovant de la Compétition Internationale 2013


Lisa Kjerulff  (Tetherball LLC)

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Lisa Kjerulff
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Language(s):  English
Subtitles:  French
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