The Norwegian film festival Beyond Frozen Point, which depicts the lives of people in the polar region, ran from December 4 to 6 at the China Film Archive in Beijing.
Films screened at the festival introduced Chinese viewers to stories of the far north. Those selected highlighted issues such as the preservation of indigenous cultures, environmental risks and artistic creation.
Before arriving in Beijing, the festival toured Shanghai, Nanjing, Shenzhen, Guangzhou and Xi’an.
The festival contained three parts: an opening film, the arctic shorts program and a special screening.
The opening film was Youth from the High North, a series of six short films that included art and documentary films from Norway, Russia, Finland, Sweden and Greenland.
The Arctic Shorts Program featured short films organized by categories that explored seasons in the arctic region; strange occurrences such as shootings and the odd tale of a group of children discovering a stranded porpoise; iconic people from the North; and the indigenous Sami people of Scandinavia, known for their nomadic lifestyle and reindeer herding.
Finally, the Special Screening featured the highly applauded movie A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence, by Roy Andersson. The strange, dreamlike film, shot from the perspective of a stuffed pigeon in a museum, aimed to reveal “what it’s like to be human,” according to the director.