In 1980, Philip Glass wrote a piece of music inspired by Edgar Allan Poe’s short story “A Descent into the Maelstrom”, which in turn was inspired by Moskenesstraumen – a unique natural phenomenon outside the Lofoten islands. In this documentary, we follow the Arctic Philharmonic Orchestra to the top of the Ryten mountain where they perform Glass’ music overlooking Moskenesstraumen itself. With its powerful music and majestic landscapes, DESCENT INTO THE MAELSTROM is an ode to the beauty and harsh living conditions of Northern Norway.
WINNER FILM: Winner of the award for Best Norwegian Documentary. Read about the award winners here.
Festival guests: Director and producer Jan Vardøen, and photographer and producer Inge Wegge.
Jan Vardøen (Norway) Filmography: HOUSE OF NORWAY (2017), HØST: AUTUMN FALL (2015), HEART OF LIGHTNESS (2014)