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dir. Mike Magidson
Denmark, 2010, 88 minutes
Greenlandic Inuit

Bright Nights: The 3rd Baltic-Nordic Film Festival
Auditorium, 395 Wellington St., Friday, February 15, 2013, 9:00 pm
Director Michael Magidson had his work cut out for him. Inuk represents “the first film ever made about modern Greenland.” The result is a spectacular coming-of-age drama, engaging audiences in an array of issues — poverty, alcoholism, hunting traditions, technology, global warming — currently affecting the Greenlandic Inuit people. We follow 16-year-old Inuk as he is taken from his troubled life in the Southern capital city Nuuk and placed in a children’s home in the isolated icescape of the North. He soon finds himself under the begrudging supervision of Ikuma and the two embark on a difficult and dangerous hunting trip across the snow, captured with astounding cinematography. Inuk, Greenland’s submission for the 85th Academy Awards, has been selected for numerous international festivals and has won a wide selection of prizes and awards.