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Greenland hunts ‘Inuk’ for Oscar

Madigson's movie wil vie for foreign language honors

MONTREAL — U.S. director Mike Magidson’s “Inuk” has been chosen as Greenland’s submission to the Academy Awards in the foreign-language film category.

Penned by Magidson, Ole Jergen Hammeken and Jean-Michel Huctin, “Inuk” world preemed at the Stockholm Film Festival in April and opened in Greenland the following month. It played in Cannes’ film market

Pic is about 16-year-old Inuk, who is removed from his alcoholic parents and sent to stay at a children’s home on a tiny remote island in northern Greenland. Once up north, he hooks up with Ikuma, a famed polar-bear hunter who has fallen on hard times and is dealing with the difficult fact that his hunting skills are disappearing. Together the pair embark on an epic seal hunt by dogsled.

The Greenlandic-language pic features non-professional actors, including local seal hunters and kids from Uumannaq Children’s Home for neglected Inuit children.

The Greenland-France co-production comes from UPI Films-Meeqqat, Angerlarsimaffiat Uummannaq, C’est la Vie Films and Docside in collaboration with Auvitec, Digimage, Red Mountain, Studio Orlando and Planete Plus.

This is only the second film that Greenland has submitted for Oscar consideration. “Nuummioq,” by helmers Torben Bech and Otto Rosing, was put forward in 2010 but didn’t make the shortlist.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will announce the five nominees for best foreign film on Jan. 10. The 85th Academy Awards ceremony takes place Feb. 24.

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