Growing Up and Other Short Films
Growing Up–The Legend of the Justedalen Grouse (Vokse opp – Sagnet om rypa i Justedalen) (1967, 30 mins. 35mm.)
Growing Up, Breien’s debut, is based on a medieval legend about a little girl who is the sole survivor of the bucolic plague. The film is set in a secluded mountain landscape through which the lonely child helplessly wanders. A group of men from a neighboring village set out to help her.
Faces (Ansikter) (1971, 7 mins. 35mm.)
Inspired by a poem written by the Danish poet Poul Borum after his first visit to the Munch Museum in Oslo, this short film is a poetic meditation on the expressive paintings by Edvard Munch (1863–1944). Claes Gill reads the poem to a composition by acclaimed Norwegian jazz musician Jan Garbarek.
The Walls Around The Prison (Murer rundt fengselet)
(1972, 12 mins. 35mm.) In this critique of the Norwegian penal system, Breien continues a plot begun in her first feature, Rape (1971). Interviews with anonymous individuals accompany images of the cold prison architecture, and reveal insights into the living conditions of the inmates.
Brothers and Sisters, Hello (Mine søsken, goddag)
(1974, 11 mins. 35mm.) In this unconventional presentation of works by the Norwegian graphic artist Arne Bendik Sjur, Breien visits his workshop and follows the artist into his pictorial world.
(1998, 9 mins. 35mm.) Breien takes us back to the past through a remarkable series of photographs taken by her grandmother between 1908 and 1913 at Solvorn in Western Norway.
To See a Boat in Sail (Å se en båt med seil)
(2001, 11 mins. 35mm) The summer of youth is contrasted with the winter of old age in this short film, where an elderly man lives in the picturesque surroundings of a lake near Rondane, and mysteriously recalls his past with a Neapolitan song.
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