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Two children play on an island, in an open coastal landscape. The beauty of nature lies in their eyes, from the smallest spider to the biggest mountains. Everything is of equal importance to them.
They have a game they love to play; to search under stones, on the beach, in the mud and in the fields. They are looking for dead animals. Once they have collected enough animals, they bring them to a self-made graveyard. Here, the children bury the animals, decorate the graves, sing songs and recite poems. The ritual surrounding the burial involves not just the children. The vegetation, the sea and the birds all take part in the ceremony. The dead animals come alive again they rise in the "Eternal hunting grounds." The children's imagination stretches as far as the horizon, they visualize how it is there. This vision is like a beautiful treasure inside of them. They love this game - it is both important and exciting.
The hunter also lives on the island. He has killed the animals that the children find. The hunter kills because he is hungry, or just because he likes to do it. He sometimes lets his victims lie to decay in open air. The children collect them and turn the hunters cruel actions into something good.
 One day the hunter shoots a heron. This bird is bigger and more beautiful than any other animal the children have found. This animated short film takes on the topic of child and nature, innocence and truth. What lies in between?

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Special thanks to...:
In memory of Kristin Sunde (1977 2002)

2016/ 59TH International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film
DOC LEIPZIG, Oct. 31-Nov 6, 2016 GOLDEN TAUBE (Golden Dove) for BEST
2016/ 30th Leeds International Film Festival November 3-17, 2016 SPECIAL

Creation techniques: lamenukk/cut out
Year of production: 2016
Duration: 18'
Premiere: March 5, 2016 in Oslo, March 23, 2016 in Tallinn
Original format: HD digital
Colours: colour  
Genre: Author film  
Target audience: family film  
Script: Elin Grimstad
Direction: Elin Grimstad
Camera: Urmas Jemees
Design: Elin Grimstad
Animation: Triin Sarapik-Kivi, Andres Tenusaar, Olga Bulgakova,
Music: Sam Mcloughlin, Alison Cooper
Sound: Yngve Stre, Duper Studio
Puppets and decoration: Klli Jaama, Ene Mellov
Puppet makers: Heigo Eeriksoo, Kaarel Kbarsepp, Merili Laur, Taivo Mrsepp, Triin Paumer, Margrethe Danielsen, Birute Sodeikaite
3D digital compositing: 3D sets: Roman Kuznetsov, Martrethe Danielsen
Digital postproduction: Urmas Jemees, Villem Tammaru
Taustakunstnik/Background artist:Rosanna Vio, Margrethe Danielsen, Anna Liisa Prt, Mait Erik, Katarina Aule,
Joonistaja/Drawer: Marja Liisa Plats, Helen Unt
Editing: Robert Stengrd, Skafti Gundmundsson
Assistant: Birute Sodeikaite, Margrethe Danielsen, Sergei Kibus, Mina Nybakke
Crew: Nukufilmi peakunstnik: Ivika Luisk, raamatupidajad: Geir Blstad, Liina Sade
Cast: Anne Reeman
Producer: Kerdi Oengo, Ingvil Giske, Andrus Raudsalu
Production assistant: Maret Reismann, Kristy Hritjuk, Geir Blstad
Produced by: Nukufilm O/Andrus Raudsalu; Medieoperatorene, Norra

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