NILS GAUP | SÁMI – NORWAY 1987 | 96 MINS NZ PREMIERE M
31 years after its premiere, we will raise the curtains for the very first Sámi feature film – Nils Gaup’s intense action adventure. Set on the Finnmarksvidda plateau, OFELAŠ/PATHFINDER follows Aigin, a young Sámi hunter who sees his family massacred by Chudes, a tribe from the East. Aigin swears revenge, but to save other Sámi who have fled to the coast, he must become a guide and pathfinder for the Chudes on a dangerous path through a rugged winter landscape.
Inspired by Sámi oral storytelling, Nils Gaup’s debut feature was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards and has become a milestone in Norwegian film history
Nils Gaup (b. 1955) from Kautokeino is a Norwegian/Sámi director. He graduated as an actor from the Norwegian Academy of Theater and co-founded the Sámi national theatre Beaivváš before directing his first film OFELAŠ. Birkebeinerne is his most recent film.