Tin Soldiers

Synopsis


Through UN-soldier Gunnar Brandsdal’s video diary, we follow the Force Mobile Reserve camp in Southern Lebanon in 1996.

The diary shows a military service that more reminds of a holiday in the sun with parties and drinking, a Norwegian version of M*A*S*H. But soon the gravity picks up and the laughter get’s stuck in the soldiers’ throats.

On the 8th of April, the Israeli army bombs the nearby Fiji headquarters, a UN camp that hosts more than 500 Palestinian refugees. Close by, the Norwegian soldiers witness it all. They are sent out on a rescue operation, to find survivers among all the dead. Afterwards the Israelian army claims the bombing was a accident, but Gunnar Brandsdal’s video recording shows something else.

In Tin Soldiers we meet three Norwegian soldiers who were serving in the UN forces in Lebanon when the bombing occured. They feel the incident is about to be forgotten, without anyone being charged for the bombing. Tin Soldiers won Best International Documentary Award at the Beirut Intl Film Festival and the AVID Award for Best Editing at 2005 Documenta Madrid.

Credits


Director:
Stian Indrevoll and Torstein Grude

Producer:
Torstein Grude

Editor:
Erik Andersson

Original Music:
Lasse Myrvold

Written by:
Stian Indrevoll and Torstein Grude

DOP:
Torstein Grude and Daniel Voldheim

Cast


Soldiers FMR Troupe 1 - 1996: Frank Andersen
Gunnar Brandsdal
Ken Robin Utvik

Production details


Original title
Tinnsoldatene

Year
2004

Length
Feature Film: 50 min, TV-version: 47 min

Language
Norwegian

Subtitles
English

Format
Digibeta, DVD

Production company
Piraya Film

Production country
Norway

Sales/Distribution
Kudos Family. Festival Distribution: The Norwegian Film Institute

Website
www.piraya.no

Awards & Festivals


Awards:

2005 Nominated for FOCAL International Award, London, UK

2005 Documenta, Madrid: AVID Award for Best Editing. Spain

2004 Beirut International Documentary Film Festival: Best International Documentary Film, Lebanon


Festivals:

2008 Fajr Int’l Film Festival – Palestine programme, Iran

2006 Singapore International Film Festival, Malaysia

2005 Ismailia Int’l Film Festival, Egypt

2005 Filmfest Eberswalde, Germany

2005 Documenta, Madrid

2005 Tri Continental Film Festival, Cape Town, South Africa

2005 ZagrebDox, Croatia

2004 IDFA Amsterdam, Reflecting Images, The Netherlands

2004 Beirut International Documentary Film Festival, Lebanon

2004 Bergen International Film Festival, Norway

Presskit


Images

Poster

UN Tanks
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Allahu Akbah
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Church Today
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Director Stian Indrevoll
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