Real Life Exp.

Teenaged Life From the Rebellious to the Mundane is Poetically Captured in a New Short from Norway

Two girls find themselves locked in an Oslo public swimming hall and bond over school gossip, boys and dancing to the psychedelic sounds of Lindstrøm in Real Life Exp., an atmospheric slice of teen life from up-and-coming Norwegian director Kristoffer Borgli. After unsuccessfully trying to exit the 1960s-designed pool, the two bathing-suit-clad stragglers, played by 17-year-old Emma Aars and 18-year-old Molly Bring Uddén, pass the idle time in increasingly liberated ways, ripping up exercise books and rocking out. A collaboration with Nordic musician Lindstrøm's label Smalltown Supersound, the film took eight hours to shoot, and its meditative feel pays homage to the late Harris Savides, the cinematographer to Gus Van Sant and Sofia Coppola who passed away last November. “Everything he shot had an easy pace, almost as if the camera wasn’t there,” says Borgli, who has made music videos for Casio Kids and Young Dreams. Most recently, the filmmaker won Best Scandinavian Music Video and a UK Music Video Award for his witty accompaniment to DJ Todd Terje’s “Inspector Norse”. For his next project, Borgli has set his eyes on a feature. “More and more, the characters in my music videos have started speaking,” he says. “It has become less about how I write a story for the song and more about how the song can fit my story.”

Lindstrøm’s latest single, “Vôs-sâkô-kv”, is due out tomorrow on vinyl and download. 

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  • ndoak
    Amazing. The perfect writing for the tone of the film. I would love to see something full length like this.
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    • February 26, 2013 at 7:54PM
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    Ski Flying: Vikersund

    The Frosty Rehearsals for Norway’s Vertiginous World Championships

    An industrial snowy landscape set the scene for photographer Yann Mingard’s weekend in the Norwegian mountains as he chronicled the run up to the FIS Ski Flying World Championships. Mingard took to the manmade slopes in the quaint village of Vikersund, just outside of Drammen, to capture ski-fliers in training refine their death-defying leaps from a height of 120 meters. "I was surprised by the concentration. When you see these teenagers on the top of the jumps they’re so focused,” says Mingard. “It’s crazy, they jump over 240 meters. It’s not jumping––it’s flying.” The Championships saw over 55 brazen athletes take to the dramatic Vikersundbakken hill to be scored on flight, landing and outrun in front of 25,000 captivated fans. Slovenian Robert Kranjec won the gold medal with a massive leap of 244 meters, only four meters less than Norwegian Johan Remen Evensen's current world record. Vikersund itself is best known for its connection with the world of ski jumping and has been churning out an illustrious list of star athletes since the late 1880s, including the famous trio of Ruud brothers and former world champion Ole Gunnar Fidjestøl. 

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    Singtank in Biarritz

    French Siren Joséphine de la Baume and Her Bandmate Brother Enjoy the Côte des Basques

    Photographer Estelle Hanania ventured to the idyllic town of Biarritz to hang out with multi-talented Gallic pop duo Singtank at the recent surf-music festival Roxy Pro. Comprised of Agent Provocateur model, actress and Mark Ronson’s other half Joséphine de la Baume and her brother Alexandre, Singtank create the kind of sunshine drenched pop the French seem to have a monopoly on. Having released their debut album In Wonder last week, the duo seemed remarkably laid back while enjoying the coastal grooves of Biarritz. “I started the first shoot around 11am and Josephine arrived with wet hair because she just did an early surf lesson on the beach,” says Hanania. Amidst strong winds and a fortuitous break in the driving rain, the band played an emotional set after finding out a close friend had tragically passed away just before the show. “I thought I wouldn’t be able to play. But even though it was quite sad those can sometimes be the most beautiful shows because you give everything you have,” says Joséphine. “The rain held off divinely during those 45 minutes. It was a bit surreal, like a miracle.” Here the siblings share their thoughts on playing together and the best way to spend a summer’s day. 

    What’s it like making music with your sibling? 
    It’s amazing! There are so many examples of brothers and sisters in bands that don’t get along, but there’s nothing like that with us. We always got on together very well, and there’s something very fluid about working together because there’s a silent language between a brother and sister. We work very much in a ping-pong kind of way. Even though he writes the music and I write the lyrics, we still rearrange both together.
    Alexandre: Everyone is hoping to hear an “I don’t like her” type story, but so far it’s been going really well. We don’t need to explain ourselves. We know where we’re going. We’re both aware of our strengths and weaknesses and we don’t put too much ego in that, so it’s a very fruitful collaboration. 

    What’s your favorite thing to do on a summer’s day, and what would be the ideal summer day soundtrack?
    I would be sitting outside reading a good book and drinking rosé. As for the soundtrack, I’m often on holiday with my family. We’re quite a Latin family in the sense that everyone talks so loud and on top of each other. It’s hard to say one sentence in ten minutes, so I guess the music would be the chaotic sound of a family together. Or maybe the soundtrack to an Almodóvar movie.
    A: On a really hot day the best place to be is on a beach with a really good book. I would be listening to some cool, chilled early 90s, late 80s hip-hop.

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