Notes after the international film festival "The Northern Character"
The festival "The Northern Character" was held in Murmansk for the seventh time. This year there were announced more than hundred works of journalists and documentary filmmakers from Russia, Abkhazia, Norway, Sweden, France, Finland, Canada and Greece in seven categories, including "documentary", "essay", "TV show", "short fiction".
In February 2015 after two years, the Norwegian Kirkenes will again meet the grand festival Barents Spectacle. The Barents Secretariat invites a group of 10 Russian journalists to arrive in Kirkenes from 4 to 8 February 2015.
Arne Egil in colours
The picture is from www.nrk.no. Journalist, writer, the Chairman of Barents Press Norway Arne Egil Tønset.
We just live like that
Arne Egil tries to answer the question what Russia is like. He makes it in a warm and thoughtful way with a smashing sense of humour.
He had been studying Russian in Arkhangelsk, worked at the NRK’s Barents editorial in Vadsø, then was appointed as NRK’s correspondent in Moscow.
I think his reportages from our country, those that I could see, were penetrated by the sincere participation and huge aspiration to understand our life.
The book, in which Arne Egil reflects various sides of Russia’s reality, has the same spirit. In the introduction to the book is said that Arne Egil Tønset describes ”holidays and vodka, roads and saunas, hotels and Russian logic”, and that he tells about what Norwegians think of Russians.
I believe, Arne Egil has managed to see and understand something that we ourselves can hardly find explanation for in Russia, we just live like this.
Our reality moulded brightly and colourfully, like Arne Egil Tønset himself.
We heartily congratulate our colleague!