20 Seconds of Joy
“BASE jumping kills people very quick,” says Jeb Corliss, professional BASE jumper. “It’s one of the few sports in the world where you make mistakes, you get killed.”
Documentary filmmaker Jens Hoffmann met the Norwegian freeskier Karina Hollekim in 2002 when she first became interested in BASE-jumping. He immediately started filming with the intent to follow her for a period of time in which he hoped to understand her addiction to such a sport.
Throughout the five-year filmmaking process, the director is able to capture a young woman as she opens up toward the camera, creating a view into life and mindset that is often misunderstood. Over the years, the film documents Karina through many stages of her BASE jumping career, from birth to sudden and tragic end.
20 seconds of joy traces the story of the athlete, past and present; but also explores the psychology behind life, death, risk and the confrontation of fear. It is an intimate portrait and a unique documentary in which reality is more captivating than any fictional script.