Eva Charlotte Nilsen is North-Norwegian film's first lady. Program director of "Film from the North", Espen Nomedal, was never in doubt that Eva's poetic documentary SMILE AND WAVE had to become the opening film when the 32nd edition of the Tromsø International Film Festival launched "Film from the North".
Nilsen is an institution in North Norwegian film. Eva has worked with film since 1968. For nearly 55 years she has been scriptwriter, director, photographer, editor, and producer. Nilsen has worked tirelessly to improve the everyday circumstances of film makers in the north in the course of her four years as the first woman director of Nordnorsk Filmsenter (North Norwegian Film Center), 2008–2012.
Maja Bugge has composed and performed the film's compelling music.