Film - Spotlight Filmfest 2021


Directed by Thomas Robsahm, Aslaug Holm


Director: Thomas Robsahm, Aslaug Holm
Section: Spotlight
Country: Germany, Norway
Year: 2021
Language: English, Norwegian
Version: Original version with English subtitles
Cast: Morten Harket, Magne Furuholmen, Pål Waaktaar-Savoy
18+ (no age rating)


It’s not just music that’s celebrated here, but also the quirky dynamics of a well-known 1980s band.

This documentary tells the story of three young men from Oslo, Norway, who dreamed of becoming international rock stars. When “Take on Me” reached number 1 in the United States in 1985, the members of a-ha seemed to have reached their goal. But their rise to stardom put a strain on their relationship. At one point, they were no longer even able to be in the same room with each other. Only on stage were they united as before, in their passion for their music. Taking a unique approach to the band and using never-before-seen archival footage, this film tells of a fabulous rise, of timeless, magnificent music, the dark side of success, and the eternal struggle to maintain friendship.

You can buy tickets for the screening at the associated cinema Gloria Palast here.

Meet the director


Thomas Robsahm, Aslaug Holm

Aslaug Holm is a cinematographer, co-director of A-HA – THE MOVIE, and one of Norway’s most influential documentary filmmakers. She was co-director, cinematographer and editor of the multi-award-winning COOL & CRAZY (2001). Her documentary BROTHERS (2015) received the top award at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival in Toronto, as well as an Amanda (Norway’s Oscar) for best director, the first time one was awarded to a documentary. In addition to A-HA – THE MOVIE, her documentary GENERATION UTOYA will premiere this year.

Norwegian producer-director Thomas Robsahm has been making films all his life. In addition to directing four feature films of his own, he has produced films by such directors as Joachim Trier, Maria Sødahl, and Margreth Olin. In 2009 he directed MODERN SLAVERY, a political documentary, and in 2015 the documentary series PUNX, about the Norwegian punk movement from 1977 to the present. A-HA – THE MOVIE is his third documentary film.


Screenplay: Thomas Robsahm
Director of Photography: Aslaug Holm
Film Editor: Hilde Bjørnstad
Sound: Hellmanzik Andreas
Producer: Yngve Sæther, Thomas Robsahm
Production Company: Motlys
Co-Producer: Tore Buvarp, Matthias Greving, Clementina Hegewisch
Co-Production Company: Fenris Film, Kinescope Film, Neue Impuls Film Produktionsgesellschaft
World Sales: First Hand Films
Distributor: Salzgeber