Monday, December 14, 2009

Vintage Trailer of the Week 43

Nils Gaup's 1987 Finnish-Norwegian adventure movie is one of the best of that decade; a taut, spare tale based on an old Sami legend, and the first film to be shot entirely in Sami, the native language of the people of Lapland. It was nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars and Writer-Director Gaup directed a few Hollywood films on the back of its success, but these days it seems almost forgotten. Not entirely, though - Marcus Nispel's lame 2007 Pathfinder borrows its title (though the Sami title is Ofelaš) and part of its plot to much inferior effect. Gaup's film feels authentic. Shot in temperatures as low as -47°C and employing an original, superb score, its better than this trailer suggests:



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