Longing For Today: the upcoming feature film by Knut Erik Jensen. Take a look behind the scenes and find out how you can help bring this project to life.
We have been developing this film for several years, aiming to have it produced by 2015 to mark the 75-year anniversary since Norway’s occupation and the 70 years since the”Peace Spring” of 1945. While it looks like we will miss our 2015 target, we are hopeful that we can find a few enthusiastic individuals through crowd funding to get this project on its feet by next year.
In Norwegian cinemas alone, my docu-musical film”Cool and Crazy” had an audience of about 600,000 and the film continues to appear at festivals around the world. The goal of this grass roots campaign is to call upon those who were inspired by that tale of the men’s choir in Berlevåg in Finnmark, as well as new generations of film lovers.
The documentary broke audience records in Norway and if just 2% of those who watched it contribute to this new project, we’ll be well on our way to making the majority of our budget. By donating an average of NOK 500 to NOK 1000 each we can fast-forward the lengthy funding approval process and begin our work. It may seem like some utopian ideal, but as the eternal optimist that I have always been, I think it might be possible!
Knut Erik Jensen
About the film
LONGING FOR TODAY is the only feature film to depict the reconstruction of the northern Norwegian region of Finnmark after the Second World War. The destruction of this region came as part of Germany’s ‘total war’ and it left the entirety of the arctic settlements in ruins. In few other places were these scorched earth tactics implemented with such thoroughness.
It is in this world where we meet a boy and a girl of just 14. They experience everything together and share each other’s memories and experiences. They must try to find their own way despite the horrific realities of the war’s final phase. On their journey through the films past, present and future, they must face their parents’ burdens in the brutal climate and harsh conditions.
The boy’s mother and father lose each other during of the ravages of war. The father makes choices which split the family. But the boy is standing in between and will not choose between them in his emotional struggle. What are the consequences for his dawning and anxious love for the girl? She loses her father in a tragic event during the evacuation and escapes into her passion for music, but will she also dare to love?
A stranger arrives in this Klondyke era in the fishing village. His background is unknown. The boy’s mother is drawn to him without control. But who is he and where does he come from?
The environment in the fishing village is exotic. Adventurers and originals flock to participate in building a new village. There are shows, parties and brawls in the old German barracks. Foreign tourists and trawlers are arriving.
“Longing For Today” will be a fable-like journey through the dreams and memories of the young boy and girl, overlapping into the limitless possibilities of the language of film.
Under the Northern Lights and the Midnight Sun, in stormy and calm weather, they rebuild the region within 15 years. The film will focus on the people and the environment as well as the myths and the rituals that originated in this wonderful, surreal, and international community in the outer fringes of the country and society. This fascinating history is neglected even in Norway’s own historybooks.
How can you contribute?
In addition to the crowd funding campaign, which has prizes attached to each donation, you can also find the link to donate grants directly. For those who want to invest in the film, with a share included in the film’s recoupment plan, please contact us in order to discuss a formal investment agreement that governs all aspects of the investment.
Of course there are plenty of other ways you can help to realize this important film. Maybe you know some key people to introduce the project to, or perhaps you have some relevant advice that might be useful. Spread the word and get this page out on social media, the more people who are aware of this work, the better. Thanks!
You have the power to help us make the film Knut Erik Jensen has been working on for several years, which will tell the story of the rebuilding of Finnmark after WW2, with the evacuation and the war’s final months as a backdrop.
Knut Erik Jensen turns 75 October 8th this year, and our goal is to have our greenlight by the end of his anniversary year. It would be a wonderful gift. Think about how you can contribute to achieve this goal. Thank you very much!
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“I look at the script for “Longing for today” as a cinematic score where I am the conductor. I’ll try to get all the people and all the instruments to develop and create an overall sound. The boy is the soloist in the film and in the orchestra.”
Knut Erik Jensen
For your contribution
We know that all quality campaigns should include benefits of equivalent quality. In that spirit we are happy to announce the exciting prizes that will come as a thank you for your donation. Drawing inspiration directly from the project (both in the film and from Knut Erik’s artistic spirit), and always with a connection to Finnmark. Whether it is a full-size poster, a signed DVD / BlueRay, specially packaged local crab, a prop used during filming, a visit to the set and perhaps a role as extra, a guided tour or a hefty dinner, we hope you find a perk that suits you best. We are also working towards sponsors to facilitate special experiences for those of you who contribute most.
First we want to thank The Culture/Industry Foundation in Sparebank1 Northern Norway, our first investor, who have graciously written a letter of intent to invest NOK 1.5 million in the production. More production applications and initiatives are underway and we’ll be updating as they come in.
Heartfelt thanks also to those who have financed the relatively long development period; Barents Secretariat, the Norwegian Film Institute, Film Pool Nord – Luleå, Sweden, Innovation Norway, Film Fund Nord, Film in Finnmark and municipalities Nordkapp, Alta, Hammerfest, Tromsø, Dyrøy and Vågan. The initiators have all contributed with significant equity.
We also send warm thoughts to Svetlana Soldatova in the Art Media Service in Murmansk. In every possible way they have helped to pave the way for us to shoot in and around Murmansk in Russia.
The project and Knut Erik Jensen have many supporters and we welcome any greetings, support, ovations and social-media sharing of our facebook page; facebook.com/LengselEtterNatid
Finnmark between East and West
This is a link to Knut Erik Jensen’s award-winning series based on the disaster that hit Finnmark and North Troms in 1944. One-fifth of Norway’s land area was turned into an uninhabitable no-man’s-land and over 50 000 people became refugees in their own country. One of these was the director and screenwriter Knut Erik Jensen, who had just turned 4 years old.
Share your Stories and Photos
We would like the communication to go both ways, and therefore we encourage you to share stories and pictures related to the war’s final phase, the evacuation and reconstruction of Finnmark and North Troms. As an example, we’d like to share a story from Akkarfjord in Sørøya (South Island), told by Bernt Sønvisen.
The Jam Coup in Akkarfjord
This is a story from Finnmark during the forced evacuation in 1944 – about how a sweet tooth can lead to courage and an appetite for risk.
It was at the end of November, and all those who had lived here had been forcibly sent south in more or less frail vessels. Leaving just slaughtered livestock, damaged and sunken boats and empty houses. It was only a matter of time before the Germans came back with dynamite and phosphorus pieces to burn all that remained once and for all. Read the full story (in Norwegian)
Every contribution helps and you will receive regular updates about the film’s lifecycle.
Many thanks. You will receive a DVD or a BlueRay.
You will receive a downloadable version of the film and a director-signed DVD / BlueRay.
Everything above + you will get the opportunity to watch the movie online just before the premiere.
Knut Erik Jensen will be happy to sign a poster and a DVD / Blueray and send you + link to online viewing just before the premiere. We would also like to thank you on the film’s closing credits, in a separate ambassador section.
Knut Erik Jensen Fan
Signed poster and DVD / BlueRay, link to downloadable version and of course a special thank you on the film’s closing credits. You will also receive the book “Cool and Crazy” and be given tickets to the premiere of ‘Longing For Today’.
”Stella Polaris” – (1993)
For this generous sum you get everything above + the opportunity to visit a special screening, with a social event afterwards.
“Burnt by Frost” – (1997)
A bucket of exclusive cloudberries, signed DVD / BlueRay and poster, online viewing just before the premiere, special screening with party in Honningsvåg, thanks in closing credits and a guided tour to the North Cape. (Travel and accommodation not included)
“Passing Darkness” – (2000)
A sea salmon of highest quality and the opportunity to visit the film set in or outside Honningsvåg on the last day of shooting, and of course also attend the closing party that evening. (Travel and accommodation not included)
“Ice Kiss” – (2008)
We’ll arrange a visit to the set in or outside Murmansk, where the war scenes will be shot. You will also be offered a role as extra. An invitation to the premiere, DVD / online streaming / signed poster. (Travel and accommodation not included)
”På hau i havet” – (2004)
Three rafters with fragrant boknafisk (half dried cod), a visit the set where you will be offered a role as extra, a special invitation to the premiere and premiere party. You will also receive a framed movie poster signed by the director and the main actors. (Travel and accommodation not included)
“Finnmark between East and West” – (1986)
We will send you a box of specially packaged king crab and a framed picture from the exhibition 24 fps, Knut Erik’s first film, recorded in Leningrad in 1970. You will also be especially thanked on the closing credits, and we offer a causerie / lecture with Knut Erik Jensen, who is a treasured storyteller. You will also be invited to premiere and reception. (Travel and accommodation not included)
“Longing for today” – (2017)
When suitable, the director offers a course in codtoungue-cutting, and a special screening of the filmfor large or small groups, with lectures / a causerie. You will also receive a framed picture from the exhibition 24 fps, from Knut Erik’s first film, recorded in Leningrad in 1970, and a prop from Longing for today. Invitation to the premiere and reception as well. (Travel and accommodation not included)
“Cool and Crazy” – (2001)
We will pay travel and exclusive stay for 2 people to Honningsvåg, either in connection with the shooting or a different time. Included is a guided tour to the various film locations, with special-made activities. Dinner with a cool and crazy director, composed of local ingredients of highest quality, and an exclusive framed picture from the director’s first film. Invitation to the premiere and the reception.