1956 Movie Poster by Kai Rasch
|Directed by||Erik Balling|
|Written by||Leck Fischer|
|Music by||Svend Erik Tarp|
|Editing by||Carsten Dahl|
|Distributed by||Nordisk Film Kompagni|
|Running time||118 minutes|
Qivitoq is a 1956 Danish film directed by Erik Balling and starring Poul Reichhardt and Astrid Villaume. An intense romantic drama, the movie was filmed entirely on location in Greenland. It was nominated both for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and for the Palme D'Or at the 1957 Cannes Film Festival.
A young teacher, Eva Nygaard (Astrid Villaume), arrives in Greenland from Denmark to surprise her fiance, the Doctor Erik Halsøe, but is crushed to find he has not waited for her and he is about to be married to his assisting nurse. Eva travels to a small fishing village to await the next ship back to Denmark. There she enters into a tense and often confrontational relationship with Jens (Poul Reichhardt), a quiet moody Dane who manages a trading company outpost. Meanwhile, Jens is trying to persuade a Greenlander named Pavia (Niels Platou) to become a company fisherman, despite Pavia's fear of alienating his fellow villagers and upsetting the spirit, Qivitoq. After Eva helps Jens treat a boy who has been attacked by dogs, Jens opens to her and realizes he loves her. Before he can tell her, he learns that Pavia in his new boat is in danger. Jens and Pavia's girlfriend, Naja (Dorthe Reimer), travel overland to rescue him, but Jens falls into an icy crevice and is rescued by Pavia instead. In this way, Pavia returns to a hero's welcome in the village. Jens hastens back only to discover he is too late, that the boat that Eva had been awaiting has already sailed. Dejected, Jens goes home and discovers Eva is there waiting for him.
- Poul Reichhardt as Jens Lauritzen
- Astrid Villaume as Eva Nygaard
- Gunnar Lauring as Marius Mariboe
- Randi Michelsen as Fru Mariboe
- Bjørn Watt-Boolsen as Dr. Erik Halsøe
- Kirsten Rolffes as Sygeplejerske Kirsten Prage
- Niels Platou as Pavia
- Dorthe Reimer as Naja
- Justus Larsen as Nuka
- Johanne Larsen as Cæcilie
- Edward Sivertsen as Zakarias
- List of submissions to the 29th Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film
- List of Danish submissions for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film
- "The 29th Academy Awards (1957) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Retrieved 2011-10-24.
- "Festival de Cannes: Qivitoq". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-02-08.