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Full of surprises and sharp as an ice pick.
and compelling to watch
There are moments when FAR NORTH achieves the
visionary, timeless quality of a folk tale.The film looks (and sounds)
strong, simple human story economically told with minimal dialogue and
breathtaking cinematography. The film casts an inexorable spell and is
always moving, right up until the shocking finale
Kapadia doesnt put
a foot wrong.
Arctic brass monkeys as Bean goes north
Ian Soutar finds out from Sean Bean what it's like running naked through the icy wastes of the Arctic Circle and reviews the latest filmsIN between his two spells braving the heat of India for Sharpe's Challenge and Sharpe's Peril, Sean Bean went to the other extreme by venturing to the Arctic Circle to make a film called Far North.
Far North trailer
The photos are from "Longyearbyen lokalstyre" and one taken during the Svalbard filming, and provided by Lasse Ostervold who worked with them on the film. Click to enlarge
Far North will be screened at ICA Cinema in London on Sunday, January 13, followed by a Q&A with director Asif Kapadia.
Far North was an official selection for the 4th annual Amazonas Film Festival in Manaus, Brazil, November 9-15, 2007.
Far North will have three screenings at the TIFF, on 17th, 18th and 19th. The online ticket sale opens January 11 and the box office opens January 12. Michelle and director Asif Kapadia are scheduled to attend the Tromso International Film Festival.
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Far North is a dark romantic thriller about the battle for survival. Revenge, jealousy and courage are played out against the harsh beauty of the desolate Arctic tundra.
Saiva, an aboriginal woman shunned by her tribe as a young girl, lives with her beautiful adopted daughter, Anja, in a remote land far away from civilization where she believes they will be safe. They struggle to survive, living off the scarce prey they can kill. Saiva is the sole survivor of a massacre by a troop of marauding soldiers who killed Ivar, the only man she ever loved. Having avenged their deaths, she has avoided any other human contact ever since.
One day a young fugitive, Loki, staggers into their camp and collapses, close to death. Despite all of her fears and doubts, Saiva takes him in and the two women nurse him back to health.
Sean flew to Norway on Wednesday, September 6, 2006, to begin
filming Far North. This is an independent film directed by Asif
Kapadia, written by Asif Kapadia and Tim Miller and based on Sara
Maitland short story. True North will be filming in Svalbard during
September and will move to the FilmCampen in Målselv in October.
Co-stars are Michelle Yeoh and Michelle Krusiec. Filming is expected to
continue until November 2006.
Michelle Krusiec posted the following on her website on September 3: I'm in Norway at the moment about to begin shooting a film called, "Far North," directed by Asif Kapadia. Check out Asif's other film, "The Warrior." He's a very talented director. This film stars Michelle Yeoh, Sean Bean and yours truly. This story is a bizarre love triangle set in the arctic. I'm obviously very excited to be working with this cast and the story is really compelling. Needless to say, I'll be a little out of touch as we are planning to go further north into the arctic circle.
"Stormbreaker" posted the following on Michelle Yeoh's chat board on the IMDb on September 9:
This is a co-production between British production company The Bureau and Norwegian producers FilmCamp, PJB Picture Company and Petter Bergli.
Some information about the cast, crew and story line are leaked to the Norwegian press:
The director is Asif Kapadia
Cast: Michelle Yeoh, Sean Bean, Michelle Krusiec, Per Egil Aske, Sven-Åge Henriksen and Norwegian professor Bjarne Østerud as a shaman doctor.
Budget: 56 million Norwegian kroner. The manuscript is written by Asif Kapadia and Tim Miller, and is based on a novel by Sara Maitland.
Plot Outline: The main theme concerns the conflict between modern society and native people, because values and way of life are different by nature. But the main story boils down to a love triangle between native nomadic woman Saiva (Michelle Yeoh), which has adopted a younger woman Anja (Michelle Krusiec) as her own daugher. They let a man from the west (Sean Bean) move in, and the conflict that evolves between the three people causes serious consequences to their lives.
The main female cast, Michelle Yeoh and Michelle Krusiec, arrived sometime in August at FilmCamp's production locations in a discontinued military camp called Holmen leir in Målselv, Norway. In preparation for their roles they will learn about the way of life of the native Sami people, that will also involve things like how to slaughter reindeer.