It was a couple years into the new millennium when a low-key Norwegian entered the motley industry of ski movies. In a world dominated by exhibitionists doing whatever it took to get their fifteen minutes of fame, Henrik Rostrup snuck in through the back-door. Not with cap in hand, but with a camera, an eye for detail and a burning desire to create something different.
After several well-received productions, both from his own Push Films and in collaboration with others, he teamed up with Kris Ostness in 2005 to release Teddybear Crisis. Suddenly the low-key Norwegian was at the epicenter of the industry, hailed by critics and the general public alike. Everyone wondered when the long-awaited sequel was coming. Never, it turned out. And the man—considered by many as the future of ski-movies—moved on to other goals.
Together with Swedish duo John Lundberg and Mats Olofsson, Rostrup started Pixl Family, a production collaboration where he could put his creativity to work on everything from death metal videos to commercials for consumer electronics and vodka. Despite an obvious talent for filming, his focus was now on editing and directing, production in its most active incarnation.
But when Kaj Zackrisson and Sverre Liliequist came to Pixl Family with an idea for a different kind of ski movie, the door to Rostrup's past opened again. And even if the whole company would of necessity be involved in the production, the old ski-movie producer would take overall responsibility for the final result. A huge effort commenced, where film clips from two of the longest careers in the business had to be sourced, sorted, selected and edited. The original idea of a movie comprised of the pair's best skiing from each season was eventually put aside, and the work of combining documentary elements and raw action started. That's when Rostrup and the rest of the team realized the amount of new material required was greater than initially planned.
But after two years of gathering old footage, travelling to new and past destinations for contemporary shots, and the tedium of editing, Très Bonne Equipe was finally finished. With this vivid chronicle of twenty years of friendship, and an even longer love for skiing, Henrik Rostrup leaves another unforgettable impression on that snowy world he once left behind. Hopefully, this time, he's back for good.
— Johan Jonsson