some impressions of the footage we filmed from 2010 to 2013 (Berlin, Suffolk, Switzerland, Bruges, Sardinia, Prague, Northern Norway, Trondheim, Oslo, and several other places).
To be released in 2015. First screening at the EFM at the Berlin Film Festival, February 2015.
For more information please contact ijb @ illogical . de
A film about an uncompromising artist challenged between conflicting poles of family and vocation. A film about finding your individual voice and intuition and being true to yourself.
technical information: Germany/Norway, 2015, documentary feature, colour, HD/DCP, 93 mins. (25 fps), 2,40:1, Dolby Digital 5.1, English / Norwegian / subtitles: English / German
The film follows the Norwegian musician/ composer/ sound artist Maja Solveig Kjelstrup Ratkje through the seasons all over Europe, presenting the variety and universalism of her work. Performances, sound recordings, and intimate personal scenes are composed into a complex portrait of an uncompromising artist challenged between conflicting poles of family and vocation. On several levels, a film about an individual’s voice whose vigor and enthusiasm are increasingly passed on to the viewer.
written and directed by IJ.Biermann | director of photography Kai Miedendorp | editors Melanie Lischker and Ralf Stadler (mood trailer edited by Ted Zbozien) | producers Andreas Louis, IJ.Biermann, Skjalg Molvær, Solveig Arnesen | sound Wolfgang Kick, Tim Voß, Silvio Naumann
with Maja Solveig Kjelstrup Ratkje, Frode Haltli, Kathy Hinde, Sylvie Courvoisier, Ikue Mori, Dima Slobodeniouk, Avanti! Chamber Orchestra, Pekka Kuusisto, Rolf-Erik Nystrøm, Håkon Thelin, Alessandro Olla, Simon Balestrazzi, Trondheim Sinfonietta, SPUNK, Joelle Léandre, Håvard Skaset, Guro Skumsnes Moe, Else Olsen Storesund, Peter Holden, European cities and landscapes
Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin in co-production with Myrland Films in cooperation with Genesis Film
Completion Date January 2015
IJ.Biermann (IJB) was born in Stuttgart, Germany, in 1978. He studied directing at the German Film & Television Academy in Berlin (DFFB) with Claire Denis, Béla Tarr, Andres Veiel and Christian Petzold. His fiction films include "Deed Poll" (2004), "Before the Concert" (2007) and "Mistress" (2009), which was part of German Films’ shortfilm reel "Next Generation 2010", as well as his feature films "Faust. A Tragedy: Part One" (2009), after Goethe and Béla Tarr, and "Nordland" (2013), a road movie and intimate love story across the vast landscapes of Northern Norway.
IJB has finished six feature-length documentaries about music and arts, among them "Nocturne" (2011), about the Kairos String Quartet, "Nine Women" (2012), about nine female artists and "Panning Across the Room" (2012/13), a tour and concert film with Norwegian musicians Alexander Rishaug and Svarte Greiner. After five years of production, most recently finished and in preparation for distribution is "Voice – Sculpting Sound with Maja S. K. Ratkje", an extravagant documentary about the Norwegian composer/performer. Currently in production: a tour film with the Hayden Powell Trio.
He has produced several films/installations for art exhibitions and regularly writes for various magazines about Scandinavian music.