'Nuummioq' is first feature

Greenland is getting into the film biz.

“Nuummioq” will be the first feature film produced and directed in the self-governing province of Denmark.

While some foreign films have lensed in Greenland, such as Bille August’s “Smilla’s Sense of Snow,” this marks the first time that a production has been put together with local coin, cast and crew.

Pic tells the story of a 35-year- old Greenlander who discovers he has an incurable illness shortly after meeting the potential girl of his dreams.

Project has a budget just shy of $1 million.

Pic’s producer Mikisoq H. Lynge sold 49% of his shingle 3900 Pictures to a Greenlander venture capital group to get the coin together. Greenland’s government and municipalities are also kicking in some funds.

Previous films shot in Greenland have tended to focus on indigenous cultures and its natural habitat. “Nuummioq” will attempt to show a different side of the world’s largest island.

“Usually you see these cliches about Greenland as if they’re going through a checklist: a kayak, hunting in the ice or showing the indigenous as alcoholics like the Aborigines,” Lynge told Variety. “These are so cliched and we’re tired of just being used as a location. We want to get in the game. How many times do you get the chance to be part of a historic project?”

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