First Norwegian screening of this award winning movie, internationally acclaimed for its intimacy and delicate beauty. The 1999 solar eclipce serves as a central motif in a meticulous portrayal of how ex-Yugoslavias dark past lingers in the present.
Nominated for Editing
Nominated for Directing
Nominated for Sound
Nominated for Cinematography
Original Title: Formørkelsen Director: Nataša Urban Country: Norway Year: 2022 Duration: 109 min Producer: Ingvil Giske

SPECIAL SCREENING: 13th of October (6 PM). Norwegian premiere - extended Q&A with Nataša Urban, producer Ingvil Giske + crew.

SPECIAL SCREENING: 16th of October (4 PM). Conversation with director Nataša Urban + Special Guest (TBA)

The film’s central motif is the total solar eclipse of August 11, 1999. While the world celebrated, most of Serbia’s population barricaded themselves in their homes and nuclear bunkers, in fear of the lunar shadow. Using this event as a metaphor for the nation's unclean conscience about the consequences of its political choices, the director confronts her country’s wartime and criminal past, and the evil that is still on the loose today. The director dares to look in the mirror of a troubled present and reckon with the ghosts of a bloody past, arguing that historical amnesia is a burden carried across generations.

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After her beautifully funny and conceptually wonderful Journey of the Red Fridge, and her intimate story with Punam, she has now seriously entered the main stage as one of Europes top documentary directors. The Eclipse, not only a multi-award winner already, but a proof of her uncompromising artistic eye and take on something you know belongs very closely to her generous heart.

Nataša Urban is a documentary film director and editor working professionally since 2005. Her films, suchas “Journey of a Red Fridge” (IDFA First Appearance Competition 2007, IDFA Top 25 Audience Favorites 2007) and “Big Sister Punam” (UNICEF Award for Children Rights), have been screened at over 100 international film festivals and have received 40 awards.

"Total solar eclipse – this rare and magnificent natural phenomena, is the central motif of my film, for two important reasons"

Are we doing enough right now? To me, The Eclipse is an anti-war film. The reoccurring solar eclipse, and the breakup of Yugoslavia, warn us that the postwar European peace is an illusion, that our violent history can be used to sow the seeds for new carnage and war. But how do we stop this vicious cycle? One of the ways is to look to compassion, shame, guilt, and responsibility. Hope lives in an open and honest communication. I hope this film will contribute towards that


The Eclipse (2022)
Mbambu and the Mountains of the Moon (2010)
Big Sister Punam (2009)
Journey of the Red Fridge (2007)
Punam (2006)