The Tower (Tornet)

in coproduction with Tenk.TV, Norway and Les Contes Modern, France

Releases
Sweden – the 16 of November
Norway – the 30 of November
France – the 27th of feburari
Denmark – the 5th of april

Technical Crew

Director: Mats Grorud
Scriptwriter: Mats Grorud, Trygve Allister Diesen, Ståle Stein Berg
Art Director: Rui Tenreiro
Music Composer: Nathanaël Bergèse
Animation Supervisor Stop motion: Pierre-Luc Granjon
Animation studio: Foliascope
Animation Supervisor 2D: Hefang Wei
DoP: Sara Sponga/ Nadine Buss
Editors: Silje Nordseth / Carsten Meinich / Anders Bergland / Margrete Vinnem
Sound designers: Cloudberry ab, by Christian Holm, Erik Bjerknes
Produced by Frode Søbstad – Tenk.tv, Patrice Nezan and Laurent Versini – Les Contes Modernes – Annika Hellström, Cinenic Film

Reviews and Press

Dagens Nyheter

Aftonbladet

Skånska Dagbladet

Ystads Allehanda

‘The Tower’: Film Review | Annecy 2018
The Hollywood Reporter,  Jordan Mintzer
June 13, 2018

Grorud’s debut feature remains a well-researched and penetrating look at an ongoing crisis, — nearly 1.5 million Palestinians still live in refugee camps throughout the Arab world — allowing viewers, especially younger ones, to grasp the human repercussions of a neverending conflict.

Annecy: Mats Grorud on Palestine, Animation and Hope
Variety, Emilio Mayorga
June 10, 2018

Grorud’s debut ‘The Tower’ premieres at Annecy.

Also appears on : Arab Times

I Am Always Committed To Things Important In Life: Interview with Mats Grorud
Zippy Frames, Jair Flores
June 27, 2018

Mats landed in Annecyfor the world premiere of his film: The Tower. A film about the life and origins of Wardi, a Palestinian eleven-year-old who lives in a refugee camp in Lebanon.

Time to Get Animated – It’s My First Visit to the Annecy Film Festival
First Showing, Alex Billington
June 12, 2018

Gode kritikker for The Tower etter premieren i Annecy
Rush Print
June 15, 2018

Critique : La Tour
Cineuropa, Fabien Lemercier
June 12, 2018

Le premier long du Norvégien Mats Grorud retrace avec intelligence et tendresse l’histoire d’une famille d’un camp de réfugiés palestiniens au Liban.

Mats Grorud • Réalisateur
Cineuropa, Fabien Lemercier
June 13, 2018

Le cinéaste norvégien Mats Grorud nous parle de son premier long métrage, La Tour, un film d’animation dévoilé à Annecy.

La Tour au Festival d’Annecy : «Nous voulons rendre compte de la complexité du monde»
Le Figaro, Nathalie Simon
June 10, 2018

Le producteur délégué Patrice Nezan défend le long-métrage d’animation du réalisateur norvégien Mats Grorud qui rend compte de la situation des réfugiés palestiniens au Liban.

Festivals:

ANNECY International Film Festival
SYDNEY Palestinian Film Festival
HELSINKI Love & Anarchy festival
BERGEN International Film Festival
MONTPELLIER Rencontres Nationales Ecole & Cinéma
BUSAN International Film Festival
MAPUTO Fast Forward Festival – Ciclo de Cinema
RAMALLAH Palestine Cinema Days
GAZA Palestine Cinema Days
SEVILLA This is European cinema festival
LONDON Palestine Film Festival
CAIRO International Film Festival
BRUSSELS Mediterranean Film Festival
MARRAKECH International Film Festival
KARAMA Human rights film festival
PARIS Carrefour de l’animation
VAL DE MARNE CinéJunior festiva
PROVENCE/CORSE/LANGUEDOC Au Cinéma pour les Droits de l’homme
BUENOS AIRES Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente, BAFICI

In coproduction with Tenk.TV, Norway

The Tower (Tornet)

SYNOPSIS
Beirut, Lebanon, Today.
Wardi, an eleven-year-old Palestinian girl, lives with her whole family in
the refugee camp where she was born. Her beloved great-grandfather
Sidi was one of the first people to settle in the camp after being chased
from his home back in 1948. The day Sidi gives her the key to his old
house back in Galilee, she fears he may have lost hope of someday
going home. As she searches for Sidi’s lost hope around the camp, she
will collect her family’s testimonies, from one generation to the next.

The film is based on interviews with Palestinian refugees in Lebanon.

VISUAL STYLE
Classic puppet animation for the camp scenes. 2D animation for the historical scenes.
We use footage from the camp and area as backgrounds, and the set is based of research done in the camps.
For the historical scenes we use 2D analog multiplane technique. It is a style that Mats has developed and used in his previous films.

CENTRAL CHARACTERS
Wardi is 9 years old. A curious girl that asks all the wrong questions. Cares for her great-granddad.
Old granddad Sidi is 85  years old. 1st generation refugee. One of the last in the camp still alive that was actually born in Palestine.
Raed is 32 years old. He was born during the 80s. “It`s easier with pigeons than humans” he says. He has given up all hope for the future.

MATS GRORUD is a film director and animator from Norway. He previously directed two
short films and has worked as an animator on several feature films, documentaries and music
videos. During his childhood, his mother worked as a nurse in refugee camps in Lebanon. In
the 1990s, Mats studied at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon while working as an
English and Animation teacher in the Burj el Barjaneh refugee camp. Based on the testimonies
of the refugees and his experience, he wrote the script for his first-feature film, The Tower.

DIRECTOR AND ANIMATOR:
2009 SANTA KLAUS, short film, co-directed with Robin Jensen.
2008 MY GRANDMOTHER BEJING, short film

ANIMATOR:
2005 ASYLUMSEEKERS, short film directed by Kaja Polmar.
GRANDPA IS A RAISIN, feature film directed by Pjotr Sapegin.