Troll Bridge

Margit Hau
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16 Jun 2011
..."My earliest reliable memory: eighteen month old, my grandmother lifting me up to watch the train below, panting and steaming like a black iron dragon".
..."I'm a troll, 'he said. 'Fol rol de ol rol'. He was huge: his head brushed the top of the brick arch. He was more or less translucent".
..."I grabbed Louise, a taut zombie, and pushed her forward. 'Don't take me. I don't want to die. 
'She's an innocent, 'the troll said. You're not".
..."She had left a letter, not a note. Fifteen pages, neatly typed, and every word of it was true. Including the PS, which read: You really don't love me. And you never did".
..."He pushed me to the ground, on to the leaves and the wrappers and lowered himself on top of me. Then he raised his head, and opened his mouth, and ate my life with his strong sharp teeth".
..."I watch from the shadows as the people pass, watch then, but say nothing. 'Fol rol de ol rol'. 
I'm just going to stay here, in the darkness under the arch. I can hear you all out there, trip-trapping, trip-trapping over my bridge. 
O yes, I can hear you. But i'm not coming out".
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Som mit afgangsprojekt har jeg skabt et visuelt koncept til en novellefilm over novellen ”Troll Bridge” skrevet af Neil Gaiman, inden for genren magisk realisme.

”Troll Bridge” er en fortolkning af det klassiske eventyr ”De Tre Bukke Bruse”.
Hovedkarakteren Jack fortæller om sit liv, hvor han ved en bro tre gange møder en trold, som vil spise hans liv. Jack og trolden ender til sidst med at bytte identitet, og Jack bliver til trolden under broen, som ikke vil komme frem fra sit mørke skjul.

I min version af ”Troll Bridge” lider Jack af skizofreni, og bliver mere og mere opslugt af denne. Til sidst får sindslidelsen overtaget, og Jack forklarer dette med, at han er blevet til en trold. I virkeligheden er han endt som en hjemløs mand bosat i mørket under broen. Her fortæller han om sit liv, og forestillingerne om virkelige møder med trolden.

Jeg har derfor udviklet et univers, hvor grænserne mellem fantasispind og virkelighed bliver mere og mere opløst, set gennem hovedkarakterens øjne, hvor samfundet ændrer sig drastisk på Jacks rejse fra barn til voksen.

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