Stenofonen (Short Film) Oscar-shortlisted
Our lives are a complex web of experiences; each one, good or bad, directly influences the adult we become, including our fears, doubts, and insecurities. Often many of these experiences centre on our childhood and youth, and here it’s our parents’ choices, attitudes and behaviours that often leave the most significant mark on who we become. For example, how many of you have found yourself using the exact phrases your parents did during your childhood? And how many of you feel that your career choice mirrored the expectations or limitations your parents imposed? Often parents only realise the power of their words and behaviour years later when their children challenge them, and sometimes they opt never to accept the influence they hold.
These themes find a powerful, rich, and compelling voice in the Oscar-shortlisted Stenofonen, directed by Nicolaj Kopernikus. But this powerful exploration of parental influence and the insecurities it can cause is only strengthened by the fact that Kopernikus’ story is a very personal one.
Kopernikus focuses his camera on the story of his father and a musical ambition and passion that was stifled before it had the opportunity to shine. Here Nicolaj Kopernikus’ son, Louis Næss- Schmidt, plays Kopernikus’ father, aged twelve, in a deep, powerful, beautiful short film based in 1950s Denmark. Watching Stenofonen is like watching a painful and bittersweet memory unfold before you, as young Jørn tries desperately to please his distant and difficult father through his love of music. But his father consistently dismisses his attempts as he alienates his son and his talent. But music can also heal old wounds, even if it takes a lifetime to find peace.
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Watching Stenofonen is like watching a painful and bittersweet memory unfold before you, as young Jørn tries desperately to please his distant and difficult father through his love of music.