It’s not even been a year since the world was introduced to ‘CONTRADDICTION – a complicated reflection on snowboarding’s beautiful simplicity’. The purity of Elias Elhardt’s last film took the snowboard world by storm, and its nomination for Vimeo’s ‘Best of the Year’ is well deserved.
“NARCIS takes us to the small mountain town Brezovica in the war-torn region of Kosovo that is no stranger to ethical conflicts”
Now, together with Alex Tank, Elias introduces us to yet another film with a distinctive take on snowboarding. ‘NARCIS’ takes us to the small mountain town of Brezovica in the war-torn region of Kosovo which is no stranger to ethical conflicts. The guys made friends with Hamdi, the local snowboard enthusiast, who takes them through the town’s history while simultaneously struggling with the question of how to build a future for a town that is still so heavily affected by the past. Will it be a case of foreigners investing in the town as they come to discover its financial potential, thus resulting in the end of the community as they know it – or will they continue life as it is?
Elias also sits down with Benjamin Mohr to discuss the effects globalisation has had on people and their seemingly rising need to become more orientated towards their own regions and cultures – a pattern that not too long ago drove the former Yugoslavian republic to its end.
We caught up with Elias himself to find out what it was really like to spend weeks in an area where the aftermath of the Yugoslavian breakdown is still so present in the local life.