In the opening scene of Songs of Earth an 85-year-old man walks on snow. “Ever since I was a child, I longed to walk in your footsteps,” the documentary’s narrator then tells us. The setting is Oldedalen, a river valley in western Norway. Home to roughly eighty inhabitants, it’s surrounded by glaciers, including Briksdalsbreen, the biggest inland glacier in Europe. “There is no other place on Earth where people live as close to a glacier,” the documentary’s director, Margreth Olin, explains from her home in Trondheim, northern Norway.

Executive produced by German film-maker Wim Wenders ...


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