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Where Mountains Float (1955)

Hvor bjergene sejler (original title)
Drama documentary about the 10-year-old boy Mikisoq (Hannibal Mathiesen), who lives with his family in a remote settlement on the west coast of Greenland.


Bjarne Henning-Jensen, Finn Methling (concept)
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win. See more awards »




Cast overview:
Lars Henning-Jensen Lars Henning-Jensen ... Speaker
Hannibal Mathiasen Hannibal Mathiasen ... Mikisoq
Frederikke Fly Frederikke Fly ... Maliara (Mikisoq's søster)
Hans Henningsen Hans Henningsen ... Mikisoq's far


Mikisoq's (Hannibal Mathesen's) family is dependent on seal hunting, but climate change with rising sea temperatures has already made life uncertain because the catch is failing. Mikisoq's mother dies of tuberculosis when spring comes, and his sister, Maliara (Frederikke Fly), has to take over the duties in the peat hut. Mikisoq also coughs and is transported by medical boat to a village in the south, where he is receiving treatment. The film depicts the boy's astonishment at all the new things in town: truck, ship, house building, telephone, bed, shop. Meanwhile, the father (Hans Henningsen) tries to catch seals between the icebergs from his kayak. It is dangerous because icebergs can calve without warning and send violent waves far away. When Mikisoq returns healthy, the father applies for a house in Jakobshavn. It is granted by the city council and the family moves. But the old grandfather stays where he is, and the film ends with the grandfather's words: "Young dogs can learn new ...

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Under Bjarne Henning-Jensen's hands-on supervision, the movie was re-released in 1983. The Danish speak was removed while some dialogue in Greenlandish as well as a new prologue were added. See more »

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Shows the confrontation between Inuits and the industrialismen.
23 May 2001 | by gstreexSee all my reviews

A story about a little inuit girl. As many other in the time of industrialismen in Greenland, she gets turbarculose and is sent (away from her familie) to sanatorium. It is also the story of a sealhunter (the little girls father), which hunt is made more difficult, because of trawlers (industrial fishing ships). - A symbol of two cultures confronting.

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Danish | Greenlandic

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22 December 1955 (Denmark) See more »

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Wo die Berge segeln See more »

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