In the bright blue glow of the glacier landscape the world seems a bit clearer for a while.
The relationship between Greenland and Denmark is consumed by the weight of colonialism. A young snowsuit-clad Inuit hunter walks into an art museum in Copenhagen and looks the White Man in the eye. The distance between western sculpture art and the way of life on a glacier is huge.
The Raven and the Seagull captures dreamlike glimpses of the joys, experiences and dreams of the inhabitants on Greenland’s west coast. The contrast between modern lifestyle, Inuit traditions, and the arctic nature is striking. The result is an original culture cocktail, with for example Inuit rap as one ingredient.
The film depicts the indigenous people’s concern about preserving their autonomy. A suppressed voice rises from within, a voice that says: “The White Man cannot teach me anything, the White Man is not better than I am, and I have a right to speak”.
Deep down, the Greenlanders are survivors. The centuries long vassal relationship still has not beaten their sense of self. Scratching the surface of prejudice revels pride in their ancestors’ culture.
Minna Suikka (Translation: Ulrika Sundelin)
Q&A with Lasse Lau (director) on Wednesday 30.01. at 19:00 at Kinopalatsi 5
- Name in Original Language: Lykkelænder
- Director: Lasse Lau
- Country: Denmark
- Year: 2018
- Length: 71 min
- Age limit: K12
- Format: DCP
- Cinematography: Chris Dapkins
- Editing: Charlotte Munch Bengtsen
- Music: Max Schneider
- Production: Rie Hougaard Landgreen, Rikke Tambo Andersen / Kran Film Collective, Tambo Film
- Kinopalatsi 6: Mon 28.1. at 17.15
- Kinopalatsi 5: Wed 30.1. at 19.00
- Maxim 1: Sat 2.2. at 17.00