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Hunting Down Memory

Jakten pa hukommelsen
Norway, 2009
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Photography: Patrik Safström
Editor: Inge-Lise Langfeldt
Sound: Petter Fladeby
Distributor: Merkur Film
Format: 35 mm
Color
80 mins

A true story about Oyvind Aamot, who travelling lonely on a train in China suddenly lost 27 years of his memory. He remembered nothing from his life. For most people, this would have been a dreadful experience, an ominous and frightening event in their life. For Oyvind, it was an adventure. He is neither traumatized nor paralyzed, he is just curious. He wants to know what happened, but he would also like to know what is cheese or pie taste like. “It’s like having your hard disk deleted,” according to one of the doctors who examined Oyvind. At the age of 27, he had to start learning how the world functions. Among many other things, he believed that all the small children were a separate people. He could not understand irony. Sex and love was totally alien to him. He had no idea what money, passports, identity, nationality or gender was all about. Norway and China – are they two countries? What is a country? What is a nation? What is a language? What is a mother?

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