Fri Oct 20, 4:30 PM
Director: Christian Einshøj
90 minutes
MA 15+

A unique, wryly funny and deeply moving family self-portrait on reconciliation and loss.

Hyper-personal and profoundly moving while maintaining a whimsical humour, The Mountains is a unique family self-portrait of reconciliation and loss. Growing up in Norway twenty-five years ago, director Christian Einshøj’s family suffered a great tragedy when his younger brother died. Now Christian and his other two brothers are physically and emotionally isolated from each other as the family bonds dissolve. Armed with thirty years of home video and three tight superhero outfits, Christian embarks on a pilgrimage to his childhood home to thaw the ice between them and finally work out how they can move on. A poignant, gentle exploration of how both spoken and unspoken words shape families.

“Director Christian Einshøj conjures a richly complex experience for the viewer, one that cleverly interlaces a gentle humour into a sometimes-heartbreaking portrait. This is one of those special films that can merge laughter with sorrow, often in the same instant.” (POV Magazine)

“The Mountains is a sincere piece of family history, an exceptionally made documentary and a potent reminder that communication is key in order for a family to stay together while it deals with a tragedy.” (Cineuropa)

Premiere Australian Premiere
Film Type Feature Documentary
Program Strand Documentary Competition
Subtitles English
Director Christian Einshøj
Producer Mathilde Lippmann
Genre Documentary, Family