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In this visual masterpiece and first Oscar nominated Danish film, young teacher Eva arriving in Greenland, surprising her fiancée in the arms of a woman. Seeking refuge, she meets a man also carrying a broken heart in the scenic landscape.

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Erik Balling

Writer:

Leck Fischer
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Cast

Cast overview:
Poul Reichhardt ... Jens Lauritzen
Astrid Villaume Astrid Villaume ... Eva Nygaard
Gunnar Lauring Gunnar Lauring ... Marius Mariboe
Randi Michelsen Randi Michelsen ... Fru Mariboe
Bjørn Watt-Boolsen Bjørn Watt-Boolsen ... Dr. Erik Halsøe
Kirsten Rolffes Kirsten Rolffes ... Sygeplejerske Kirsten Prage
Niels Platou Niels Platou ... Pavia
Dorthe Reimer Dorthe Reimer ... Naja
Justus Larsen Justus Larsen ... Nuka
Johanne Larsen Johanne Larsen ... Cæcilie
Edward Sivertsen Edward Sivertsen ... Zakarias
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In this visual masterpiece and first Oscar nominated Danish film, young teacher Eva arriving in Greenland, surprising her fiancée in the arms of a woman. Seeking refuge, she meets a man also carrying a broken heart in the scenic landscape.

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Drama | Family | Romance

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Country:

Denmark

Language:

Danish | Greenlandic

Release Date:

6 November 1956 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Chlopiec z Grenlandii See more »

Filming Locations:

Greenland

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Budget:

DKK1,000,000 (estimated)
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Nordisk Film See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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A "qivitoq" is a term from Greenland, about an adventurer in the mountains who survives in the wilderness and is seen as evil, demonic and very dangerous. See more »

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Old, but sweet movie set in Greenland
24 July 2015 | by peefynSee all my reviews

Greenland is a beautiful setting, and considering the time it was made, it was also an interesting setting politically. The relationship between Greenland and Denmark was, to an extent, the relationship between and colonizer and the colonized. But, as seen in this movie, it was not a hostile relationship. This movie could have easily been one that made fun of Greenland, but the movie tries to be fair with the greenlanders. However, it's not always successful at this. It seems that the movie suggests that women and greenlanders are about equally irrational, and that the greenlanders are nice, but simple people. If the movie was made today, I'm sure the view would be a bit more nuanced. It was obviously not meant as any ill will from the movie makers, but rather as a product of its time.

The movie itself actually has an interesting love story, combined with a take on the qivitoq-stories from Greenland. Not only do we see a young man deciding on becoming a qivitoq, it can also be related to both the protagonists. The man has escaped from Danish society to be on his own, and the girl also attempts some kind of escape from society.

The highlight of the movie is the nature, though. It has some beautiful shots of Greenland, and actually some impressive stunts on the glaciers.


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