Who is the: Harvard Postnes (48)
what or what: Documentary film industry
Why: He had just shown in Norway the premiere of “Power reigns” about Trond Geske. It will hit theaters on March 11th.
Yo, and congrats on the successful premiere!
– Thank you very much. It was absolutely wonderful to finally show the film to a Norwegian audience. She has been in many international film festivals, but her show in Tromsø was very special. There was one whistleblower, Sunniva Andreassen, who got a standing ovation after the movie. She said it should be seen by as many people as possible, and that made me very proud.
Did you show it outside? A movie about Trondjesek?
Yes, it is intended for a Norwegian audience. But then it was selected for the IDFA in Amsterdam, the largest film festival in the world. His world show was there. It was special, because even international audiences understood the movie without Giske knowing. It’s a movie about culture and that power. People there thought the movie was exciting, like House of Cards or Borgen.
How did you come up with the idea of making a movie about Trondjesek?
– I started sending him a letter about 20 years ago. I was a recent graduate, and I thought he might become prime minister one day, and that it would be interesting to follow. But I never received a response to the message. After I met, I sent a new message, after which I met him and my institute. I got a lot of sympathy for them. So I joined in when Jeske drove across Norway with a little red convoy back. Then I might have become a part of his narrative, until later I met the whistleblower and a number of others, and understood more from the perspective of others. So the movie rotated a little bit along the way.
At what point did you get excited?
– It was not as if I had suddenly turned around, but the annual meeting in Trondheim, where Trond pulled out and the AUF came out, made a strong impression on me. The elders stayed behind and gave him a standing ovation, while the youth protested against the culture at the party. This event was very important to me. All his attempts to belittle her, she stopped believing in her.
Did you become some kind of friend to him?
– I don’t want to say that we were friends, it was a professional relationship. But yeah, when you’re with someone a lot, you get their point. He was subjected to a witch hunt. But the most important thing is what the whistleblowers have suffered. He was very good at talking about media criticism, but I think we need to talk about the abuse of power and culture.
What do you want people to discuss about the movie, or about the Jesek case?
Those who have seen the movie are often not interested in Jesse anymore. It is a scene where the Trond lady praises Jesek. Then she said, to emphasize that she meant what she said: “If I like it, I say it. If I don’t like it I don’t say anything”. People read something about Labor culture from that quote. It’s okay with the movie. People interpret and read the things that are said, beyond the concrete. .
Ok, now some solid questions. Who was your childhood hero?
– I had no real heroes.
Not even Trondjek when she sent the first message?
– No no. It was only because I was curious. It was a bit legendary. But not a hero.
What would you like to go on a demonstration train for or against?
– Now of course against sexual harassment and abuse of power. And that women and women cannot go to work, party or drink without fear of harassment. I think that’s awful. Another big problem that I am concerned about is the inequality that home prices are leading to. You can earn more by owning a home for a year than by working for a year. I think it is strange that there is no longer talk of this difference.
What’s the solution?
– Do you have to have it? It’s good to be a documentary film maker. We can show problems in society and then politicians have to solve them. But I think you should tax housing more realistically.
Who would you rather stay with in the elevator?
I really want to meet the documentary filmmaker Errol Morris.
By air, but if you have a camera. And the elevator stops. And you’re thinking, “Right now, I’m going to shoot a movie.” Who will you have in the elevator?
Sorry, that’s a great movie idea. I’ve always wanted to make a movie in a very limited amount of time. So it was exciting. There are two ways to go: either you are looking for a hero, or you are looking for a hero who has done something very wrong. And for it to be a good movie, it has to be theatrical. It can’t be perfect.
Maybe there is some outside drama? That a person should reach for something important or something?
– I’m starting to think about Trump, but I don’t mind. It could have been Obama. But it is somewhat perfect. Maybe a Harlem Brundtland puppy? Or Jens Stoltenberg? No, by the way, I would like to meet Putin. Two hours. It was exciting.
Don’t you think he clicked and wanted to hit you?
– No, no, I don’t think so. He’s definitely good at judo, but we have to do it.
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