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THE HERO’S JOURNEY TO THE THIRD POLE – A BIPOLAR MUSICAL DOCUMENTARY WITH ELEPHANTS

Andri Magnason, Anní Ólafsdóttir / Iceland / 2020 / 78 min / International Premiere
An odd Icelandic couple on a journey through Nepal in a wonderful, tragicomic and heart-warming docu-musical about mental health – and elephants!

A tall, blond man in a light blue suit walks around among elephants in Nepal’s jungles. He has an electric guitar under his arm, ready to break into song. The Icelandic alien Högni (from the cult band Hjaltalín) travels around the Asian country with his companion Anna Tera, who grew up in Nepal. Their aim is to break old taboos about mental illness. Both have a history of bipolar disorder, and they share their unusual, tragicomic and sometimes surreal stories along the way. A heavy subject told in a wonderfully warm and outgoing indie form as a docu-musical with two eccentrics in the lead role. Anna Tera and Högni’s personal stories are complemented by old Super-8 footage from their childhood. They travel through the nooks and crannies of their minds, over the mountains and through the jungles to the bustle of Kathmandu and their ultimate goal: a conference and support concert which focus on mental health, organised by Anna Tera.