SCREENING: 03 November 2019 at 18:00



Dir. Benjamin Langeland and Stian Servoss, 2019, Norway, 52 mins


Aurora Aksnes grew up as the youngest of three sisters deep in the woods outside a small town in Western Norway. She was discovered by a music management agency at the age of 16 after a classmate filmed her school recital and posted it on Facebook, without her permission. Aurora had been writing music ever since she was six years old, but she didn't even want to share it with her family. Three and a half years later she had dropped out of school, and the songs she had written about her deeply personal observations during childhood formed the basis of her debut album ”All My Demons Greeting Me as A Friend”. Her life as a normal teenager had ended. She had become the artist AURORA. In 2016, she toured the world, performing more than 150 concerts. She also appeared on several of the most prominent talkshows in the US, such as Jimmy Fallon, Stephen Colbert and Howard Stern, but her busy schedule made it hard to find time for her family and friends. We started following Aurora when her hard work starts to take its toll in 2016. She is physically and mentally exhausted and lacks a clear direction in life. Who made the choice that led her to this breaking point? And how has this affected her adolescent years?

Slowly Aurora had to build herself up to work on her new album at the same time as she ́s trying to balance her presence on stage with a presence in her own life. The expectations from her management, record company and fans are great to her next album coming in 2018. Aurora wants to fight for her independence and take full control over her music. The coming year will define her future. Will she succeed?

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