Set during the conflict between the Sami people and the Norwegian government representatives in the mid 19th century, the film focuses on the famous 1852 Kautokeino rebellion and its tragic consequences, including the be-heading of two of its leaders in 1854. –inbaseline
Nils Gaup (born April 12, 1955) is a Sámi film director from Norway. Gaup was born in Kautokeino, Finnmark County in Northern Norway. He first intended to become an athlete but from 1974 to 1978 he went to drama school and studied at the Beaivváš Sámi Theatre in Kautokeino. He also founded the first Sami language theatre ensemble.
After acting in several movies, he rose to international prominence in 1987 with his film Ofelaš (international English title Pathfinder). It was the first full-length movie with all of the dialogue in Northern Sámi. This movie earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign language film and the Grand Prize award at the 1990 Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival. After that he made the Disney-financed movie Haakon Haakonsen (Shipwrecked), based on the youth adventure novel “Haakon Haakonsen. En norsk Robinson” (Haakon Haakonsen. A Norwegian Robinson) by Norwegian author O. V. Falck-Ytter. In 1993 he shot his most successful film to date… read more