Once of PPM’s more recent collaborations was with up-and-coming Norwegian film-maker Eivind Tolas. His short film – Ballett (with Kari Simonsen and Helge Jordal in the lead roles) – was produced partially in Hungary, and has since been seen in various film festivals in locations as distant as Tokyo, where Ballett was shown as part of the Short Shorts Film Festival Asia 2013. The film, which can be viewed here, tells a sweet but surprising story. Keeping in the spirit of Ballett, we requested a brief interview with the director. Here it is: short and sweet.
PPM: Can you tell us a little about Ballett?
Eivind Tolas: Ballett was developed after a very simple, but nice idea that a friend of mine had. What if an old couple is so in sync with each other that every single movement in their evening ritual seems choreographed perfectly. Everything seems smooth (as smooth as it can be for an old couple). That is – right up to when they’re about to kiss goodnight… It’s a physical comedy, kind of a dance film, and it’s subject matter is love and what kind of attitude that can makes a relationship work.
PPM: What was your experience making a film in Hungary like?
Eivind Tolas: My producer found PPM after we had a suggestion by a friend of ours that Hungary was a good country to produce in. The production went as smoothly as it could within the limits of time and budget. I was impressed with the technical skill of the staff and the film understanding and service-mindedness of PPM. I am very open to doing a production in Hungary again.
PPM: How did the film find its way to Japan?
Eivind Tolas: I was curious about how the film would resonate on the other side of the world, and I’m pleased to say that the reception of the film in Japan was very good. I’m also very glad that the film was selected for such a prestigious competition.
PPM: What’s next for Ballett?
Eivind Tolas: Right now the Norwegian Film Institute is doing the distribution of the film, and I’m not sure exactly where it will go next. I know Spain has been mentioned in the autumn. We will see. Right now I’m in the middle of production of a big documentary series, and that takes almost all my time and focus. But I hope to be able to follow Ballet to some of the places it travels.
If you didn’t click through earlier, once again, you can view Ballett, a short film by Eivind Tolas here.