Kautokeino opprøretDie Rebellion von KautokeinoThe Kautokeino Rebellion
Norway 2008, 96 Min., German subtitles
In 1852 there is an uprising by the Sami people near Kautokeino, in the North of today's Norway. Led by Aslak Hætta and his wife Elen, the Sami people defend themselves against the merchant and innkeeper Ruth, who has misappropriated large parts of the Sami reindeer breeds with the help of alcohol and violence. Because he is backed by local representatives of the church, the rebellion also targets the state authorities, who strike back unrelentingly ... Almost twenty years after making “Pathfinder”, a film about a Sami legend, director Nils Gaup – a descendent of the executed Aslak Hætta – has made a film of this authentic event from Sami history (as previously treated by Paul-Anders Simma in his awarded documentary film “Oaivveskaldjut” (NFL, 1999)), starring first rate Scandinavian actors such as Mikael Persbrandt (“Beck”) and Michael Nyqvist (“As It Is in Heaven”). Shot on location, “The Kautokeino Rebellion” is a magnificent “snow western” also starring a wonderful Anni-Kristina Juuso.
Director Nils Gaup
Screenplay Nils Gaup, Tone Pelone Wahl, Reidar Jönsson, Nils Isak Eira
Cast Anni-Kristiina Juuso (Elen), Asle Mathis Gaup (Mathis), Mikkel Gaup (Aslak), Nils Peder Isaksen Gaup (Mons), Mikael Persbrandt (Ruth), Bjørn Sundquist (Stockfleth), Peter Andersson (Bucht), Mikael Nyqvist (Laestadius), Sverre Porsanger, Jørgen Langhelle, Ole Niklas Mienna Guttorm
Website Norwegian Film Institute
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