BIFF 2021: 20.-28. oktober
Norwegian documentary

Olav H. Hauge - The Other Man

Olav H. Hauge - den andre mannen
Norge / 2008 / 57 min
Vigdis Nielsen
A beautiful portrait of the poet Olav H. Hauge accompanied by his own forceful lyrical words

The Norwegian poet Olav H. Hauge lived most of his life in isolation, with only a few close friends. He got his inspiration from world literature and began publishing his poems at the age of 38. Hauge was haunted by depression and spent long periods at a mental hospital, where he avoided being lobotomized, because the hospital's doctor in charge thought he had some special spiritual gifts that he didn't want to interfer with. The portrait of this troubled and intense artist is like a beautiful poem in itself.

Vigdis Nielsen

Vigdis Nielsen is herself from the same village, Ulvik, as the artis she portrays. She has a personal relationship to Hauge's poems and his life.