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  • 86 min
  • Norway
  • 2 Screenings

Nils Gaup's The Pathfinder, or Ofelaš as it is in the language of the Sami people of Norway, was nominated for best foreign film at the 1987 Oscars, and was the first Norwegian feature film to do so since Nine Lives in 1957. In the film, we meet 16-year-old Aigin, who lives in the 11th century in what is now called Finnmark in far northern Norway. Witnessing his family being massacred by the nomadic Russian tribe, the Chudes, Aigin sets out for revenge, but is captured and used as a guide for the Chudes on the dangerous roads.

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The Pathfinder was the first ever Sami feature film and was a huge success in Norwegian cinemas in 1987. The uncomplicated yet invigorating story contains potent and nail-biting action scenes, rendering the film an unusually successful thriller.

Some have labelled the film a ‘Northern', which seems rather fitting when you take into account the affectionate nod to John Ford's ‘Western’ classic The Searchers (1956) in the opening sequence.


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Original title Ofelas
Director Nils Gaup
Year 1987
Length 86 min
Country Norway
Language Northern Sami
Subtitles Norwegian
Cast Mikkel Gaup, Ingvald Guttorm, Nils Utsi