Inuk (film)

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Directed by Mike Magidson
Produced by Ann Andreasen
Mike Magidson
Marc Buriot
Sylvie Barbe [1]
Written by Mike Magidson
Ole Jørgen Hammeken
Jean-Michel Huctin[1]
Starring Ole Jørgen Hammeken
Gaaba Petersen
Rebekka Jørgensen
Sara Lyberth
Inunnguaq Jeremiassen
Elisabeth Skade
Music by Justin La Vallee
Karina Moller
Robert Peary HIVSHU [1]
Edited by Cecile Coolen
Release dates
  • October 2, 2010 (2010-10-02) (Woodstock Film Festival)
  • May 11, 2012 (2012-05-11) (Greenland)
Country Greenland
Language Greenlandic

Inuk (previously titled Le Voyage d'Inuk) is a Greenlandic language film directed by Mike Magidson and co-written by Magidson, Ole Jørgen Hammeken and anthropologist Jean-Michel Huctin.[1][2] It is Magidson's first feature film.[2] It screened in Stockholm film Festival on 20 April 2010 in an unfinished version and made its official theatrical release in Greenland on 11 May 2012.[3][4][5] The film was selected as the Greenlandic entry for the Best Foreign Language Oscar at the 85th Academy Awards, but it did not make the final shortlist.[6]


The "Children's Home Uummannaq" is situated 500 km north of the Arctic Circle in the small town of Uummannaq[7] and was the source of inspiration of the two writers. The film is co-produced by Ann Andreassen, who also plays a role in the film. Anderassen has assisted with many foreign documentaries shot in Greenland. Mike Magidson had previously made two documentary movies in Greenland with her help before he and co-authors Ole Jørgen Hammeken and Jean-Michel Huctin decided to make a feature film. They began shooting in April 2008 in Uummannaq Bay and in Nuuk and finished in November.[2][8][9]


Inuk covers a journey from Greenland's south to its north as an homage to the origins of the Inuit people. It is the coming-of-age story of 16-year-old Inuk (Gaaba Petersen), who was raised in the south in Greenland's capital Nuuk, and who is torn between the violence of his alcoholic parents and his dreams of creating an Inuit rock band. He is sent to a foster home in the north, where his foster guardian and teacher, Aviaaja (Rebekka Jørgensen) sends him to the bear hunter Ikuma (Ole Jørgen Hammeken) so that he may learn wisdom. But Ikuma had begun to doubt himself after his own world began to decline due to the effects of global warming. This begins Inuk's difficult initiation into manhood through a journey by dogsled where the seal hunt replaces video games. On his journey he meets and is attracted to the rebellious Naja (Sara Lyberth). He finally reconciles his life, but in doing so re-awakens the old injury that had affected the life of Ikuma.[2][8][9]



A preliminary screening was at salon du cinema de Paris 2009 while the film was still being edited. The French film team was there to speak about the difficulties of shooting in polar conditions with non-professional actors and a small crew. One of the main actors of the movie, Ole Jørgen Hammeken arrived in France in time to view the screening and speak.[10][11]

The Official Theatrical release was done on the 11 May 2012 in Nuuk Greenland with all the Greenlandic officials where invited by Børnehjemmet UPI the Greenlandic producer of the film.[3][4]

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  1. ^ a b c d
  2. ^ a b c d (French) Google translation: by Samir Ardjoum, "Interview with Jean-Michel Huctin, co-author of Tour Inuk", accessed 01-20-2009
  3. ^ a b
  4. ^ a b
  5. ^ Sermitsiaq, 2010/04/20 (Danish)
  6. ^ "Greenland seeks an Oscar for celebrated film Inuk". Nunatsiaq Online (NUNATSIAQ NEWS). 2 October 2012. Retrieved 2 October 2012. 
  7. ^, Childrens Home Uummannaq, accessed 01-20-2009
  8. ^ a b (French) Google translation: "On Thin Ice - Le Voyage d'Inuk - the film", accessed 01-20-2009
  9. ^ a b (French) Google translation: "Le Voyage d'Inuk", accessed 01-20-2009
  10. ^ (French) Google translation: "From 16 to 18 January 2009 - Grande Halle de la Villette", accessed 01-20-2009
  11. ^ (French) Google translation: "Salon du Cinema 2009: ask for the full program! (Samedi) (Saturday)", accessed 01-20-2009

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