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Brev til Håkon Banken

Sven Arild Storberget og Martin A. Walther

Thursday 9 p.m.
Halden Kino

Haakon Banken was one of Norway's best-selling artists in the 70s and 80s, and the first recording artist in Norway who dared to portray his own mental problems. Haakon Banken (1949-2018) is also a peculiarity in Norwegian music history. The unassuming country and dance band musician sold over half a million records and was very popular in the 70s and 80s. But his life was also marked by anxiety and depression. He was the first recording artist in Norway who dared to portray his own mental problems. He played almost never live and gave rarely interviews.

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This documentary is based on fan letters that the cult musician received from people who were touched by his music. The lyrics shed light on mental health at a time when this was little talked about. Many experienced that the Bank spoke directly to their hearts and put into words the challenges they had. Letters to Haakon Banken is a close portrait of a unique artist and what he meant to a great many people.

 

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