The Best of the Rest

Once Aurora

Benjamin Langeland, Stian Servoss
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The Norwegian singer and songwriter Aurora Aksnes was discovered at the age of 16, when a video of her singing one of her own songs went viral. Her life changed completely: she went from being a somewhat eccentric and reclusive girl who grew up in a small town in the Norwegian countryside to Aurora, the pop idol, with fans all over the world. Once Aurora follows her over a period of two years as she tours the world with her debut album and works with her producers on a follow-up. In 2016, after 200 concerts and halfway through the tour, she seems exhausted and desperate. Conflicts creep in and the endless meet-and-greets with the fans are an ordeal for her. The intimate camerawork and the dynamic and fragmented editing style reflect her hectic life and inner struggle. The film becomes not only a portrait of a lightning bolt musical career and an overwhelming passion for music, but also a story about creative freedom and the price of fame.


Benjamin Langeland

Benjamin Langeland received his education at the Kristiania University College in Bergen, and worked at the production company Flimmer Film. Over the last couple of years, Benjamin has directed, shot and edited a number of commercials and music videos. He was also the cinematographer and editor on the multi award winning series Children Deported (2015). Once Aurora (2019) is his first feature documentary.


Stian Servoss

Stian Servoss, born in 1986, is a filmmaker and photographer from Bergen, Norway. He studied at the Noroff Academy of Film in Bergen. He has shot and edited music videos for several of Norway's biggest artists. He has also been working as a director and cinematographer for the docu-series The Fjord Cowboys – the highest rated show in the history of the niche-channel TV 2 Zebra – and has been nominated for the Norwegian Emmys ten times, winning twice. Once Aurora (2019) is his first feature documentary.

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2019, 71'

Directed by:
Benjamin Langeland, Stian Servoss

Benjamin Langeland, Stian Servoss

Edited by:
Benjamin Langeland, Stian Servoss

Olav Øyehaug

Thorvald Nilsen

Produced by:
Once Aurora AS

Festivals & Awards:

Norwegian Television awards 2019 – Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Nordic Documentary; IDFA 2019; CPH:Dox 2019; Kraków Film Festival 2019; Sheffield Doc/Fest 2019; Helsinki International Film Festival 2019; Nordisk Panorama 2019; Beldocs 2019; Beat Film Festival 2019; Biografilm Festival 2019; Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 2019; Braunschweig International Film Festival 2019; Doc’n Roll Festival 2019; FIPADOC Biarritz 2019; F.A.M.E International Music Film Festival 2019; Guangzhou International Documentary Film Festival 2019; Minsk International Film Festival Listapad 2019; Kasseler Dokfest 2019; Docudays UA 2020; Sofia International FIlm Festival 2020


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