Trondheim on Film Part 2

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Trondheim on Film is a series of films made in Trondheim during the twentieth century which are curated by producer Dag Hoel (Trondheimsreisen). Part 1 premiered at Kosmorama in March 2019. This year it’s time for part 2. 

Trondheim on Film is filled with warm and humorous retrospects. How did we look at ourselves and the world back in the 1950s and 70s? What were our concerns? What did grandma really think about NATO and the closure of the tram line? The series invites us to reflect on our city, where we come from, and where we’re heading. How do we want the city to look in 50 years?

Today, new city plans for Trondheim are being made. Where will the university campus be located in the future? What will the Elgeseter look like in 10 years? Will the Bymarka Nature Reserve be developed? 

The inhabitants of Trondheim are concerned with the city’s development. Improvements and adjustments of the town have always been a source of debate. At the end of the day, city planning is about the conditions for leading good lives, something which affects each and everyone of us.  

About the films in part 2 of the series: 

Adresseavisen (1967) (20 min.)

Adresseavisen is Norway’s oldest newspaper. On the occasion of the paper’s 200th anniversary in 1967, the legendary editor Harald Torp wanted to make a film about the paper, portraying how journalistic skills in itself isn’t enough to run a paper. Another key ingredient is future-oriented technology!

This is an action film about journalism and the newspaper business in the 1960s. Ultramodern punched card machines bring us into a new technological age, and we’re happily unaware of the digital revolution lying in store only a few years ahead. 

Winter in Bymarka (1952) (16 min.)

Winter in Bymarka is one of several patriotic films made by Lyder Selvig, head of the cinema in Trondheim in the 1940s and 50s. The goal of his films was to contribute to public education about Trondheim and its qualities. One of the city’s hallmarks is the recreational areas close to the city centre. That these areas are kept intact is a result of the vigorous political defence of the natural reserve border and a strong public sense of ownership.

The public sense of ownership of the Bymarka Nature Reserve has long traditions. It has contributed to the well-being and self-understanding for the inhabitants of Trondheim – and perhaps some Olympic medals too.    

Trondheim Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow? (1977) (45 min.)

In the middle of the 70s, the local and regional governments of Trondheim and Sør-Trøndelag financed a film project directed by citizens with strong opinions about city planning. 

While the authorities expected a passionate celebration of the city in line with tradition, the generation of the 70s was social-minded and set the tone for a new conversation about the city and our relationship to it. Social change was possible as long as one had a little courage, something the filmmakers Rolf Grankvist, Reidar Ryen and Jonas Gill Haanshus definitely had.   

The film is a merciless reprimand of the authorities and developers, promoting perspectives in the conversation about city planning that are surprisingly apt today. 

Photo credits: Trondheim byarkiv

Trondheim, i går, i dag, i morgen? from Dag Hoel on Vimeo.



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