Heart of Light

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Qaamarngup uummataa
Qaamarngup uummataa poster.gif
Greenlandic theatrical poster.
Directed by Jacob Grønlykke
Produced by Henrik Møller-Sørensen
Written by Jacob Grønlykke, Hans Anthon Lynge
Starring Rasmus Lyberth
Music by Joachim Holbek
Cinematography Dan Laustsen
Edited by Wadt Thomsen
Release date
  • 25 January 1998 (1998-01-25) (Greenland)
Running time
90 minutes
Country Greenland

Qaamarngup uummataa (Danish: Lysets hjerte[1]) (English title: Heart of light) is a 1998 Greenlandic and Danish produced drama film directed and written by Jacob Grønlykke.[2][3] It is the first major production for a film to be completely shot in Greenland.[4]

The film is about an Innu alcoholic, who has to come to terms with his criminal son. He leaves his village and seeks recovery, and returns a new man, refreshed.[5] One of the central themes of the film is the conflict between modernity and tradition.[1]


  • Rasmus Lyberth ... Rasmus
  • Vivi Nielsen ... Marie
  • Nukâka Motzfeldt ... drum dancer
  • Niels Platow ... Mikael Berthelsen
  • Kenneth Rasmussen ... Simon
  • Knud Petersen
  • Laila Rasmussen ... Karina
  • Agga Olsen ... Magdalene
  • Jens Davidsen ... Vicar
  • Henrik Larsen ... Plummer
  • Søren Hauch-Fausbøll ... Bar guest
  • Asger Reher ... chief of police
  • Karina Skands ... Girl in tent
  • Julie Carlsen ... Girl in tent


  1. ^ a b Schepelern, Peter (2010). Filmleksikon (in Danish). Gyldendal A/S. p. 347. ISBN 978-87-02-04523-9. 
  2. ^ Jones, Michael (2008). Nordic Landscapes: Region and Belonging on the Northern Edge of Europe. University of Minnesota Press. p. 129. ISBN 978-0-8166-3914-4. 
  3. ^ Gilmore, Geoffrey (1999). "Heart of Light". Sundance Film Festival Archives.
  4. ^ Lerangis, Peter (2007). Smiler's Bones. Scholastic Inc. p. 147. ISBN 978-0-439-34488-3. 
  5. ^ Blocker, Jack S.; Fahey, David M.; Tyrrell, Ian R. (1 January 2003). Alcohol and Temperance in Modern History: An International Encyclopedia. ABC-CLIO. p. 240. ISBN 978-1-57607-833-4. 

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