Solveig Melkeraaen, Norway, 2017

55 min.Documentary

A youth doc about kids from the age of 6 working as cod tongue cutters in Northern Norway.

In the northern part of Norway 10-year old Tobias works as a cod tongue cutter. Cod tongues is a delicacy, and cutting them is a job bound by tradition – reserved for the Norwegian youth.

This winter 9-year old city girl Ylva from Oslo will spend her winter vacation in the North, visiting her grandparents to try and learn the art of cutting tongues, just like her mother and grandfather did before her.

During the winter a beautiful friendship between the two kids emerge, as he teaches her how to cut tongues, and they play and talk about the big things in life.
Basic information Credits
Original title Tungeskærerne
Danish title Tungeskærerne
Keywords Norway, Children, Child labour, Fish Production, Cod, Friendship, 2010-2019
Director Solveig Melkeraaen
Producer Ingvil Giske
Director of Photography Håvard Fossum
Editor Mina Nybakke, Solveig Melkeraaen
Sound Niels Arild
Composer Håkon Gebhardt
Appearance Ylva Melkeraaen Lundell, Tobias Evensen, Mateus Roness, Ragnar Steinsvik Hansen
Production country Norway, Denmark, Sweden
Domestic distribution Danske Filminstitut
Online release 24.10.2018, Filmcentralen
DFI subsidy Konsulentstøtte
Danish rating Allowed for all
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Production company
Executive Producer Bauta-Film
Co-production Deadline, Hansen & Pedersen Film og Fjernsyn
With support from Norsk Filminstitutt, Nordnorsk Filmcenter, Det Danske Filminstitut, MEDIA (EU), NRK, SVT, TV2 Danmark
Domestic distribution Danske Filminstitut


Direction Solveig Melkeraaen


Producer Ingvil Giske
Unit manager Therese Korsvik Eliassen


Cinematographer Håvard Fossum


Still photographer Stein Inge Pedersen


Editor Mina Nybakke
Editor Solveig Melkeraaen


Composer Håkon Gebhardt


Recording engineer Andreas Lindberg Svensson
Sound designer Niels Arild


Appearance Ylva Melkeraaen Lundell
Appearance Tobias Evensen
Appearance Mateus Roness
Appearance Ragnar Steinsvik Hansen
Appearance Ville Melkeraaen Lundell
Appearance Ina Faife Jakobsen
Appearance Ted Robin Endresen
Appearance Trine Knudsen
Appearance Kai Freddy Evensen
Appearance Sigrid Melkeraaen
Appearance Jon Lundell
Appearance Kristine Steffensen
Appearance Karl Magnus Melkeraaen
Appearance Tshawe Bakwa

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