Tongue Cutters

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    Tongue Cutters


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    80 min

    • Norwegian


    Far up in northern Norway, in the cod-fishing community of Øksnes, there are children as young as 5 who work as codfish tongue cutters. Tongue cutting is an old tradition which is still important today to recruit future fishermen in northern Norway. The film tells the story of the 9-year-old city girl Ylva, who spends her winter holiday with her grandmother and grandfather and the 11-year-old Tobias, who is already an experienced tongue cutter. Ylva and Tobias got to know each other last winter, but now it's time to let Ylva give tongue cutting a try!


    Solveig Melkeraaen

    Solveig Melkeraaen


    Solveig S. Melkeraaen (born in 1978) holds a Bachelor's degree in directing for television from the Lillehammer University College. Her best know film is arguably the award-winning THE FABULOUS FIFF AND FAM (2009), but she has also directed numerous other documentaries, short fiction films and commissioned films for various charitable and official organizations. Both her documentaries and short films have been screened at festivals all over Norway, as well as abroad. GOOD GIRL is her first feature length film.

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