A MEETING WITH ARNE SUCKSDORFF / ET MØTE MED ARNE SUCKSDORFF
A documentary about the Swedish documentary maker who left the western world in 1964 to live in the Brazilian jungle. Vestby was the first person who made him talk in 25 years.
Original title: Et Møte med Arne Sucksdorff
Direction: Anne Berit Vestby
Editor: Anne Berit Vestby
Music: Paolo Vinaccia and Ulf Wilhelm Øien Holand
Production year: 1991
Production company: SubrosaFilm
Aired on: NRK Norway
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"This film was an adventure I have never regretted. It shaped me as a filmmaker in many ways. I was young, fearless, and without boundaries. I watched Sucksdorff’s fascinating films at a seminar, and the teacher, Malte Wademan, said that Sucksdorff had gone undercover in 1964 somewhere in the jungle in Brazil. Nobody knew exactly where. So, I determined to find him.
The story about how I found him was unbelievable. After finding him I went back with a silent 16 mm camera and sun cell batteries into the Brazilian jungle. Sucksdorff was said to be the first to use the fictional language in the making of documentaries. I learned so much from being with him and listening to his way of thinking. I made the film as a poem in honor of our meeting. The documentary community in Norway, which equipped me for my second journey, was very happy that I actually found him, but was not very happy with the final result. They thought the film needed more facts.
For me it was the best moment was later, when Arne Sucksdoff ended up at hospital in Stockholm. I went to visit him and show him the film. Tears ran down his cheeks, which meant all to me."
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Photo: Arne Sucksdorff