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“The theory of relativity gets rid of absolute time. Consider a pair of twins. Suppose that one twin goes to live on top of a mountain while the other stays at sea level. The first twin would age faster than the second. Thus, if they met again, one would be older than the other.” (Steven Hawking from A Brief History of Time)
A WHILE is a film about time and art, based on the life and work of Icelandic artist Hreinn Friðfinnsson (b. 1943). His work is a poetic and philosophical exploration into every-day human experience where time and coincidence play leading role.
Merging reality with fiction the film revisits selected works by Friðfinnsson and uses them as inspiration for a narrative. It tells the story of a pair of twins who were separated at birth, one was brought up in the mountains of Iceland and the other below sea level in Amsterdam. The different force of gravity has made them age differently.
Equally occupied with exploring the nature of time, the twins are in fact one and the same person, Hreinn Friðfinnsson, in present and past.
The third character and the catalyst in the narrative is Aika, who works at a fictional Time Lab in Finland that is responsible for the twin experiment. She knows everything there is to know about time – from the perspective of science and theory. The film follows these three characters as they unknowingly interact through their passion for the intricate concept of time.