International Competition

When uncovering a story about injustice at work, young journalist Asta sees her personal life in a new light.

Asta tries to find meaning and a sense of place in the coastal town in Western Norway where she works as a journalist. As she attempts to uncover the truth behind the disappearance of an asylum seeker, her personal life and her views on justice are affected.

– International Film Festival Rotterdam

Japan Premiere
  • Director:Anders Emblem
  • Norway
  • 2021
  • 78min.
  • color
  • -
  • Norwaigian
  • JPN & ENG Sub.


Screening Dates, Times, and Venues

Sep.21 (Wed.) 15:30-
Naramachi Center

Sep.24 (Sat.) 12:15-
Naramachi Center

* Only if there are vacant seats, tickets are available at the door.

Guest Talk

Sep.21 (Wed.) 15:30-
After screening

movie trailer
I am always interested in how time is perceived and applied by the viewer. More precisely, how a quiet pace, static camera and subtle story can activate the viewer to engage with the film. The basic idea is that these choices take the viewer from passive to active, and therefore involves them more deeply into the characters, ideas, values and world portrayed. There can be an enhanced form of empathy achieved, if the viewer gets time and space to add their personality and life experience into it, to be part of and contribute to the undertold story and subtle symbolism presented.
Anders Emblem

Anders Emblem (1985) from Ålesund, on the western coast of Norway. He has spent the last decade at universities doing film studies, traveling the world and working as a social worker. A Human Position (2022) is his second feature after Hurry Slowly (2018).

Hurry Slowly (2018) Slamdance, Nara A Human Position (2022) Tromsø, IFFR Rotterdam, Jeonju, Munchen

Recommendations from the NIFF Supporters

This film is like a painting. The scenery of a beautiful Norwegian port town is told quietly. Some people are strongly attracted to pale colors and simple styles. The healing process of the main character is gently drawn, and it is a work that makes us feel gentle.


Jury President│Filmmaker

Billante Mendoza

Filipino film director and producer. Known as a Living National Treasure. His films
have been highly acclaimed and won awards at the world’s three major film festivals―the Cannes Film Festival,
the Venice International Film Festival, and the Berlin International Film Festival. After working in the advertising
industry, he became a production designer. He has served as juror and jury president at film festivals held in
Japan, Egypt, France, Malaysia, Singapore, and Belgium.



Momoko Ando

Born in Tokyo in 1982. She studied abroad in England since high school and
graduated from the University of London’s Faculty of Arts. After that, she studied filmmaking in New York, worked
as an assistant director, and made her debut as a director and screenwriter in 2010 with “A Piece of Our Life”. In
2011, she published her first full-length novel “0.5mm”, and in 2014 directed, wrote and made it into a movie. After
that, the movie “Utamonogatari CINEMA FIGHTERS project ‘Aeiou'”, which she directed and wrote, was released
in 2018.


Professor at Kyoto Seika University Faculty of Humanities

Dr. Oussouby SACKO

As a government-sponsored student, he studied at Beijing Language and Culture
University and Nanjing Southeast University. In 1990, he experienced a shortterm
homestay in Tokyo and was surprised by the downtown culture that was common to Mali. He came to
Japan in 1991, and in 1999 completed a doctoral course at the Department of Architecture, Graduate School
of Engineering, Kyoto University. Ph.D. (Engineering). Specialized in spatial anthropology. After working as a
faculty member and dean of the Faculty of Humanities at Kyoto Seika University, he was appointed president of
the university in April 2018 (until March 2022) before taking up his current position. He advocates a society that
recognizes diverse values from the perspective of everyday life.



Asian Film Programming Advisor

Asia│Film Programming Advisor

Jacob Wong

Jacob Wong has been a member of the Hong Kong International Film Festival Society for over two decades, with double-barrel responsibilities as Curator and Director of HAF (Hong Kong Asia Film Financing Forum). He is currently Director of the Film Industry Office, overlooking HAF, HAF Goes to Cannes, the Film Lab, Co-productions and Foreign Sales. He is also the Berlin Film Festival’s delegate for Chinese-language cinemas.


Locarno IFF Selection Committee, Film Critique

Daniela Persico

Daniela Persico is part selection committee for Locarno Film Festival and Berlin Critics Week and
a curator for L’immagine e la parola, spin-off of the Locarno Festival. She’s founder and editor in chief of the online quarterly
Filmidee ( She has also devoted to help various young filmmakers in developing films. In 2022, she was
appointed artistic director of the Bellaria Film Festival.

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