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Karoline GRINDAKER, Hilde K. KJØS
Three generations of the Lykken family live under the same roof on a farm in the remote village of Lykkja (Happiness) in Norway. A mother-in-law and a daughter-in-law govern this traditional household side by side in a place where there is really only room for one of them.
Guri married into the Lykken family when she was twenty one; it was so long ago that she doesn’t even remember how old she is now. She just assumes that maybe she’s around ninty-six years old or so. She still so misses her late husband that she sleeps with his picture in her arms. Marit, Guri’s daughter-in-law, is getting fed up with the life she has to lead, living with three generations in one house. She has no time for herself, there is so much work on the farms, she must take care of her mother-in-law, and look after her son with intellectual disability. One day, Marit declares she will have her own independent life. Guri cannot understand this any better than she can understand the concept of divorce. In a patriarchal society, it is not easy for women to establish roots wherever they want to put them down. As soon as women are married they are forced to adapt themselves into some place completely foreign to where they grew up; this inevitably makes them spend years fitting in. Harvesting the Wasteland portrays in a condensed form the long stretch of time that accompanies the aging of women. Though these women are from different generations, they have a lot in common - especially since they are both daughters-in-law and are bound with enormous household duties. (Jay SOHN)
Karoline GRINDAKERKaroline GRINDAKER
Karoline Grindaker has a BA in Psychology and Film Studies from the Surrey Institute of Art & Design. She has been involved in numerous film and TV projects in London. Harvesting the Wasteland is her first documentary film as a director.
Hilde K. KJØSHilde K. KJØS
Hilde Kjøs studied Art History at the University of Oslo, and has a BA in Photography and Imaging from the Manchester Metropolitan University. Harvesting the Wasteland is her first documentary film as a director and cinematographer.