I AM DINA  (2002)
Production Company: Nordisk Film, Northern Lights, TF1 International, TNT Film Productions, Gemini Film, Mandarin Films
Distributors: Columbia TriStar Film Distribution International & Vanguard Cinema
Release date (Norway): 8 March 2002

Director: Ole Bornedal
Screenplay: Ole Bornedal & Jonas Cornell
Based on the Novel by Herbjorg Wassmo

Music Composed by Marco Beltrami
Orchestra Conducted by Marco Beltrami & Ceiri Torjussen
Performed by Gurzenich Orchester Kolner
Orchestrated by Bill Boston, Ceiri Torjussen & Marco Beltrami
Music Editor Thomas Lester
Orchestra Contracted by Albert Jung
Music Produced by  Marco Beltrami & Buck Sanders 

Synopsis: In Northern Norway during the 1860s, a little girl named Dina accidentally causes her mother's death. Overcome with grief, her father refuses to raise her, leaving her in the care of the household servants. Dina grows up wild and unmanageable, with her only friend being the stable boy, Tomas. She summons her mother's ghost and develops a strange fascination with death as well as a passion for living. Family friend Jacob encourages Dina's father to hire Lorch, a tutor who introduces her to the cello. When Dina is old enough, she marries Jacob and moves to Reinsnes, a port he runs with his mother, Karen, and his stepsons Niels and Anders . Niels doesn't like Dina's wild ways, or the fact that she has taken over accounting duties at Reinsnes. Dina's eccentric tendencies become even stronger, eventually leading Jacob into an accident of his own and bringing Tomas back into her life.


In writing I am Dina I had the chance to work with Ole directly in Norway (north of the country where they were shooting) and there were a series of things that were very inspiring. One of them was the fact that it was summer and the sun never sets (as it's close to the North Pole) and the other one was the movie itself. I found a lot of ideas in the movie being a period piece (it takes place in the 19th Century) about a crazy Norwegian cello player... and I wanted the music to reflect some of the folk identity of the time and yet because of the state of mind of the character, it had to be very original and that's why you find so different elements throughout the music... I was very challenging and definitely one of the most fun projects that I have done... it's a pity it never showed here in the USA.

I AM DINA: Recording Sessions
December 2001


D E C C A   R E C O R D S   (017 509-2)

01. I am Dina (5:02)
02. Graveyard (2:35)
03. Dina's Etude (2:05)
04. Dina Delivers (1:31)
05. Marco Marries Dina (1:51)
06. Firklover String Jig (1:19)
07. Dina Tunes Out (1:15)
08. Organ Grinder (1:55)
09. Lorch Serenades (1:38)
10. Love & Marriage (3:40)
11. America or Bust (2:01)
12. Goodbye Lorch (1:36)
13. Labor Pains (1:38)
14. Good Will Hunting (1:04)
15. Slow Dingo (2:04)
16. Can't Buy Me Luv (2:32)
17. Firklover Piano (0:43)
18. Swiss Miss (1:53)
19. We are Dina (2:09)
20. Dina's Lullaby (Jorane) (3:13)
21. She Said (Jorane) (3:06)
22. Dina's Firklover Party (1:59)

23. Dit-elle (Jorane) (4:09)
24. Film III (Jorane) (5:24)
25. Dina (Jorane) (3:53)
Release date
: 2002
Total Time: 60:24
Length of the Score: 107 minutes

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