The Dry Valley

29 min, 2018

The Dry Valley / Den skandinaviske landsbyen

The Dry Valley is a portrait of a Romanian village and its inhabitants. For the Roma of Valea Seaca, Scandinavia has become a second home. Many travel regularly across Europe to earn money for their families at home, often through begging or street work. Two Norwegian filmmakers embark on a journey through the village in search for traces of Scandinavia. An unexpected and poetic portrayal of the effects of migration on those who leave and those who stay behind.

The film will have its TV premiere on NRK on 11 December 2018 as 'Den skandinaviske landsbyen'.



Director: Julie Lunde Lillesæter
Co-Director: Julia Dahr
Producer: Julia Dahr & Julie Lunde Lillesæter
Associate Producer: Mihai Stoica
Director of Photography: Julie Lunde Lillesæter
Editor: Adam Thomas
Sound Design: Karoline Fjugstad Wendelborg

Financed by Norway Grants and The Fritt Ord Foundation. Developed at ESoDoc and Viken Pro.



The Norwegian Documentary Festival, 2018, Norway
Nordic/Docs, 2018, Norway
Odense International Film Festival, 2018, Denmark
Bergen International Film Festival, 2018, Norway
Montecatini International Short Film Festival, 2018, Italy
Balkans Beyond Borders, 2018, Serbia



Best Short Documentary (Nordic/Docs 2018)
Honorary mention (The Norwegian Documentary Festival)

"It is a well photographed warmly told story, giving intimate portraits of the people portrayed. The director has chosen to focus on the story behind the story, and done it so very well." – Nordic/Docs

"This documentary takes a humanistic look at the untold story of a well-known issue. The filmmakers use a poetic language which results in a film that says a lot more than what the images show. The film gives a feeling of hope in a hopeless situation." – The Norwegian Documentary Festival