On Monday, 19 December, at 19:00, Dokukino KIC in association with the Embassy of the Kingdom of Norway to the Republic of Croatia introduces the Norwegian cinematographer Marte Vold, who made a name for herself with a series of prominent documentary and fiction film titles. In a masterclass under the title ‘Profession: Cinematographer’, Vold will be speaking about her work as a cinematographer and the use of camera in documentary film, as well as about the underrepresentation of women in cinematography. With the development of technology and the omnipresence of small, flexible digital cameras, it has become increasingly easy to make a documentary film, but also increasingly important what it ‘looks’ like. The role of a cinematographer is, in agreement with the director, to establish the visual language of a film, define the atmosphere and mood that best supports the story to convey. Framing, light and motion are the cornerstones of a cinematographer’s job, however in documentary film these are the most susceptible to unplanned changes, loss of control and needful adaptation. Vold will also reflect on the underrepresentation of women in film industry, particularly visible in the cinematographers’ profession, including Croatia (less than 3 per cent), where women cinematographers extremely rarely get a chance to make a feature fiction film. Since 1990s onwards, only five women cinematographers got this opportunity, and three of them have even been honoured with awards (according to the 2019 data). However, the fact that over the past few years the most interest among new generations in studying at the Department of Cinematography at the Academy has been shown by young women is quite encouraging. The masterclass will be hosted by director Igor Bezinović.
Ahead of the masterclass, the Zagreb audience will get a chance to see two films co-directed and shot by Marte Vold at Dokukino KIC.
For Saturday, 17 December, at 20:30, the documentary “Wild Relatives” (2017) by Jumana Manna is scheduled, about the World Seed Bank located on the Norwegian island of Svalbard, near the North Pole, a sort of Noah’s Ark containing over a million plant seed samples from all over the world. The film examines important issues like biodiversity, sustainable development, climate changes, corporate policies and resilience, and it garnered awards at CPH:DOX, Dokufest and Sheffield IDF. The existentialist comedy “Out of Nature” (2014) by Ole Giæver is scheduled for Sunday, 18 December at 19:00, about a man experiencing a midlife crisis, ready to leave everything behind, pack his backpack and move to the nature. He is about to experience a mostly peaceful, but occasionally dangerous adventure, for as fun as it may seem to run around the wilderness naked, it is always possible to bump into strangers at unexpected moments. The film won the prestigious Europa Cinemas Label award at Berlinale.
Marte Vold (1978) studied at the Nordland School of Arts and Film in Lofoten, the Oslo National Academy of the Arts and the Norwegian Film School in Lillehammer, where she graduated in cinematography in 2008. Skilled in visual and film art, Marte Vold equally presents her works as a director and cinematographer in galleries and cinemas. The short film “Totem” (2015) which she produced and directed was screened at the prestigious film festival New Directors, New Films at the MoMA and in 2018 she co-directed the feature length documentary “Letters” with Jero Yun. As a DoP, Vold has worked on several features over the past few years, including the award-winning fiction film “Out of Nature” (2014) by Ole Giæver, documentaries “Wild Relatives” (2017) and “Foragers” (2022) by Jumana Manna, screened at Berlinale and MoMA, “HIM” (2021) by Guro Bruusgaard and “Weight” (2022) by Thomas Østbye. Vold is currently working as a cinematographer and director on her feature length documentary project “The Whale”. She is based in Oslo.