Qivitoq - Fjeldgængeren

Qivitoq - Fjeldgængeren (English: Qivitoq - The Mountain Hiker) is a 1956 Danish drama film directed by Erik Balling and starring Poul Reichhardt and Astrid Villaume.[1] The movie was filmed entirely on location in Greenland. It was nominated both for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film[2] and for the Palme D'Or at the 1957 Cannes Film Festival.[3]

Qivitoq - Fjeldgængeren
1956 Movie Poster by Kai Rasch
Directed byErik Balling
Written byLeck Fischer
StarringPoul Reichhardt
Astrid Villaume
Gunnar Lauring
Bjørn Watt Boolsen
Randi Michelsen
Kirsten Rolffes
CinematographyPoul Pedersen
Edited byCarsten Dahl
Music bySvend Erik Tarp
Distributed by Nordisk Film Kompagni
Release date
  • 1956 (1956)
Running time
118 minutes

Plot edit

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.

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Reception edit

The film was nominated for multiple awards, including the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, and the Palme d'Or.[3]

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References edit

  1. ^ "QIVITOQ - FJELDGÆNGEREN". Alle film (in Danish). Danish Film Institute. Retrieved 9 March 2020.
  2. ^ "The 29th Academy Awards (1957) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Retrieved 2011-10-24.
  3. ^ a b "Festival de Cannes: Qivitoq". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-02-08.

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