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Winter's Yearning

Sidse Torstholm Larsen, Sturla Pilskog, 75 min

Norway, Greenland, Denmark, 2019

Winter's Yearning

The promise of development sparks hope for the future in Greenland in a beautiful and evocative film about the dream of independence.

The dream of independence lives on in Greenland. Hope is given a breath of fresh air in 2006, when a large American aluminium company announces its plans of opening a multi-billion-dollar factory in the small, isolated village of Maniitsoq on the west coast of the country. The project would help make the country financially independent of Denmark. The future looks bright, and the project is met with expectant enthusiasm by the town's inhabitants. But the years pass. A social worker, a young woman and an aluminium coordinator are the anchors of a film that has an eye for both the complexity of larger perspectives, and for the human scale. While the inhabitants of Maniitsoq are waiting for the future - and for spring to arrive - winter sets over them, while hopelessness and a destructive lifestyle is a constant threat. The magnificent Greenlandic nature is a silent and stoic witness to an evocative and cinematic story about hope, dreams and the will for independence.

Director: Sidse Torstholm Larsen, Sturla Pilskog
Original Title: Håbets ø
Country: Norway, Greenland, Denmark
Year: 2019
Running time: 75 min
Dialogue: Greenlandic
Series: NORDIC:DOX AWARD
Category: Real Life
Tags: Freedom Finance
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Producer: Sturla Pilskog, Are Kvalnes Pilskog, Vibeke Vogel, Emile Hertling Peronard
Production Company: Blåst Film AS, Bullitt Film ApS, Ánorâk Film, Greenland
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