Directed by Mike Magidson
Inuk is a perfect film to be a WCFF “Films al Fresco™” outdoor screening under the stars in the vineyards at Deerfield Ranch Winery. It is this year’s WCFF Jack London Spirit Award winner. Preceding the film greet the director and 8 Inuit cast members from Greenland and witness a sacred drum dance ceremony. It is indeed rare to see a film from the frozen country of Greenland, but to see one as accomplished and visually exciting as Mike Magidson’s coming-of-age drama is a pleasure indeed! Magidson makes thrilling use of sweeping vistas and wide-open snowy landscapes in this eco-friendly tale of one teenaged boy’s coming to terms with his Inuit heritage. As a child, Inuk (played as a teen by newcomer Gaba Petersen) witnessed his father’s death in a tragic dog-sledding accident. Since then he has lived with his increasingly alcoholic mother in the capital, Nuuk, cut off from his former life in the wilds. When social services finally steps in, Inuk finds himself living near his traditional home and paired up with taciturn hunter Ikuma (Ole Jorgen Hammeken), whose attachment to the land and knowledge of traditional ways offer a glimpse of a different life for the troubled teen. Harnessing the dogs, the odd couple embarks on a seal-hunting expedition (a visceral sequence handled with style and verve by Magidson) and Inuk comes face-to-face with his past.
INCLUDES Live Performance Inuit Drum Dance Ceremony
Producer: Ann Andreasen, Mike Magidson, Sylvie Barbe
Screenwriter: Mike Magidson, Jean-Michel Huctin, Ole Jørgen Hammeken
Cinematographer: Xavier Liberman, Franck Rabel
Music: Justin Michael La Vallee
Cast: Gaaba Petersen, Knud Therkielsen, Ole Jorgen Hammeken