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MARATONDAGBOKEN / The marathon diary

Director: Hanne Berkaak
Script: Hanne Berkaak
Editing: Ulf Tønder Flittig
Music: Jo Schumann
Production: Mikrofilm AS
Distribution: Norsk Film Institut
Year: 2015
Country: Norway
Running Time: 8′

2016 BCN Sports Film – Barcelona International FICTS Festival: Best Short Film

Always Last embarks on an adventurous marathon through the ice cold and mythic landscape of Lapland. But she soon discovers that the run is not going to be a straight line between start and finish. Grotesque events, unforeseen temptations and cheerful absurdities keep driving her off the course as she lags further and further behind. But in the end all the diversions and unpredictable encounters become the reward for her efforts as she crosses the finishing line. Finally, it is not about winning or losing. The risk is losing yourself.


Hanne Berkaak is a freelance illustrator and animator currently based in Oslo, Norway. She has a Master in Communication Art & Design from Royal College of Art, London and a BA in animation from Parson’s School of Design, New York. Berkaak has directed animations for clients such as Playstation, Channel 4, Yo Gabba Gabba and Save The Children. With her short film debut, The Marathon Diary, she has been inspired by the landscapes and memories of her childhood summers.