If I was to choose one single reason for moving to Bergen, would not the rain, the mountains, the fjords nor the people have made it. I would only utter one word: BIFF. Bergen International Film Festival makes Bergen, Norway and perhaps even the world bigger, cooler and more important. Or to cite the Bergens Tidende newspaper commentator Frøy Gudbrandsen who wrote about this year’s festival: BIFF cures Norwegian short sightedness.

Ever since I skipped economics, linear algebra and anthropology lectures to watch films in the mid-2000s, I dreamt about returning to BIFF. Now I am finally back.

The festival has just become even more interesting. This year, a separate climate festival formed part of the programme. Among the offerings was the French Tomorrow (read the review on «Concrete measures to save tomorrow» in Modern Times), a lightweight, artistic and life-affirming film attempting to focus on solutions rather than concentrate on the catastrophes of the climate debate.

Grey and important. Canadian Spaceship Earth falls into the more traditional climate segment. The film is informative, gloomy and talks at length about the problems. When the Bergen city climate councillor Julie Andersland (V) opened the BIFF climate festival, she stated that she found it odd that we still needed such a festival – as it is easy to believe that most people already know very well what the climate crisis will lead to. Despite this, it becomes quickly evident that many people still need enlightment.


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