a-ha: The Movie
Director: Thomas Robahm, Aslaug Holm
2021 | Norway, Germany | 109 min | English, Norwegian w. Dutch subtitles | Dutch Premiere
Directors Thomas Robahm and Aslaug Holm show what stardom did to the lives of Morten Harket, Magne Furuholmenen and Pål Waktaar-Savoy of the world-renowned Norwegian band a-ha, using strong archival material in combination with animation and unpolished stories from the artists themselves. This is a film about good music, great ambitions, broken friendships and – just maybe, even forgiveness.
It’s hard to believe that upon its first release, as well as being the very first single by a-ha, ‘Take on Me’ didn’t catch on at all outside the band’s native country. Still, the boys didn’t give up, they were firmly convinced that they had a world hit on their hands. And rightly so: ‘Take on Me’ managed to become a world hit a few months later and won prize after prize. A fairytale followed, never before has a Norwegian band achieved so many international successes. Yet the band members were not always satisfied. Rather, they dreamed of being serious rock stars, not teen idols featured in glossy magazines.
It’s always been the love for the music, not the friendship that kept the band members together. Not interested in wealth or glory, they are desperate for recognition for their work. This and so much more is what they have in common, so it’s really beyond one’s grasp that they don’t get along.
Thomas Robahm and Aslaug Holm incorporated a number of animated scenes in the film, fitting the style of Steve Barron’s work in the then-groundbreaking ‘Take on Me’ music video.
A-HA THE MOVIE is an insightful study of a-ha ‘s music and the mutual relationships between the band members, but it is also a film that knows how to move and bring pleasure. The documentary reminds us of the influence of the iconic band and the endless joy that the songs have brought us and still manage to bring.
Simone Walraven is a radio- and podcastmaker for Dutch national public broadcaster AVROTROS. She began her career at age 15 as a newsreader and DJ at an Amsterdam pirate station and quickly moved into national public broadcasting after graduating high school. She learned all aspects of radio production and hosted various informative and music programs, including on television. She is most well known as the host of legendary tv-show Countdown in 1987/’88, for which she interviewed countless international popstars. She also made her debut as an actress in 1987 with the female lead in the romantic comedy Donna Donna. At age 22, after four years of intensive experience in the public eye, she decided to continue her career behind the scenes as an executive music producer and filmmaker. In 2013 Simone re-entered national public radio with her weekly music & human interest show Simone’s Songlines on NPO Radio 2.
Thursday, 31st March at 19:00h
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*(online) Q&A with the directors
Wednesday, 13th April @ 19:00h
Chassé Theater, Breda
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Louis Hartlooper, Utrecht
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Doclisboa, Nordisk Panorama, Tribeca Film Festival
Yngve Sæther, Thomas Robsahm