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KAUTOKEINO REBELLION (THE) / KAUTOKEINO-OPPROERET


Kautokeino Rebellion, DQ winner in Tromsoe 2008

NORWAY, 2008
DIRECTOR: Nils Gaup
SCREENPLAY: Nils Isak Eira, Nils Gaup, Reidar Jönsson, Pelone Wahl
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Philip Øgaard
CAST: Mikael Persbrandt, Anni-Kristiina Juuso, Mikkel Gaup, Michael Nyqvist, Bjørn Sundquist, Sverre Porsanger, Nils Utsi, Nicolaj Coster-Waldau, Peter Andersson, Asle Mathis Gaup, Nils Peder Isaksen Gaup, Ole Niklas Mienna Guttorm, Jørgen Langhelle, Silje Holtet, Stig Henrik Hoff
RUNNING TIME: 1h 40m

For centuries the windswept mountain plateau of northern Scandinavia has been inhabited by the native Sami population and their reindeers. But modernisation is about to enter the desolate village of Kautokeino where the authority is held by the prosperous and ruthless liquor dealer Ruth, staring Mikael Persbrandt. One of the native tribes, led by the young woman Elen, refuses to pay their unjust debt to Ruth. Without a trial, Ruth manages to imprison most of Elen’s tribe, leaving Elen alone to take care of the reindeers. Elen gets help to set up a trial in which the men are released, but Ruth claims ownership of the tribe’s reindeers to cover the cost of the trial. Loosing the basis of their lives, Elen and her tribe have little choice but to oppose to Ruth’s claim, leading to one of the most dramatic episodes in northern Scandinavian history.

World sales contact: stine.oppegaard at nfi.no

The Director:
Nils Gaup was born in Kautokeino in 1955. After drama school, he helped start the Beaivvas Sami Teahter, before he made his breakthrough as a filmmaker with PATHFINDER (1987), which was nominated for an Oscar. Being able to make THE KAUTOKEINO REBELLION is an old dream of his that has now come true.
FILMOGRAPHY:
1987 OFELAS / PATHFINDER / VEIVISEREN
1990 HÅKON HÅKONSEN / HAAKON HAAKONSEN
1993 HODET OVER VANNET / HEAD ABOVE WATER
1996 TASHUNGA
1999 MISERY HARBOUR
2008 KAUTOKEINO-OPPRØRET / THE KAUTOKEINO REBELLION