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The year is 1906. Surrounded by toxic sulfur mist, KONRAD (17) sorts through copper ore for the smelting cabin in Sulis (Sulitjelma). Enormous activity is taking place in the isolated mining community located far up on the mountain, where the mining company holds supreme control with their own private police force. Konrad witnesses the traveling rebel HELENE UGALND (24) get arrested and thrown out of Sulis for inciting revolt. The disparities are grave as the workers have virtually no rights to speak of, least of all Konrad - the "slave child" who at twelve years old was sold as child labor to a commercial farmer not far from Sulis. Konrad is plagued with intense yearning and grief. He dreams of going to America, together with his mother and sister. He's managed to save up a bit of money for a ticket while working in Sulis, but the labor is beyond exhausting while the pay is minimal. But then, on his eighteenth birthday, an opportunity presents itself - which happens to be the only opportunity Konrad's ever been given. Then suddenly, an almost enigmatic creature by the name of OLOF WENSTRÖM (30) comes riding into Sulis. Clad in American clothing and with a revolver shoved into his belt, Wenstrøm has been brought in by the Swedish owners to speed up mine productivity through new methods he learned while studying mining in the United States. Wenstrøm quickly connects with his fellow countryman Konrad, and arranges for him to get a well-paid job as a miner in Hanken - the most affluent and prestigious mine in Sulis. It finally looks like Konrad will be able to buy that ticket to America after all. When leaving Wenstrøm's office, the beautiful maid JOHANNA (18) winks at Konrad. Life is good.We quickly realize that Wenstrøm has ulterior motives with his generosity towards the vulnerable Konrad. It turns out he is looking for a secret informant that can report back to him regarding any incitement in the mines, and Konrad has just signed a deal with the devil.        

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Storyline NOR AS
Executive producer:
Kristoffer Åsheim Johansen
Trud Berg
Per Gunnar Skotåm
Petter Paulsen
Trond Eliassen
Tom Vidar Karlsen
Line producer:
Jupe Louhelainen
Co producer:
Einar Loftesnes
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  • Nils Gaup

    Nils Gaup (b. 1955) was educated at The Norwegian Theatre Academy (since 1996 a division of the Oslo National Academy of the Arts), graduating as an actor in 1978. He then started his career working as an actor at various theaters, and in 1981 was one of the founders of the succesful Beaivváš Sámi Teahter, the only theater performing in the sámi language of the indigenous Sámi people of Northern Norway, of which Gaup himself is a native.

    Besides his work in theater, Gaup also had some film roles, and wrote stage- and screenplays. One of these was also to become his debut as a film director, and after writing and preparing the film for several years Pathfinder (a.k.a. Ofelaš) premiered in 1987. The original screenplay by Gaup was inspired by legends and traditional tales of the Sámi people told to Gaup while he was just a boy, and the film was the first sámi-language film ever produced. The film received praise and acclaim from a unison core of critics, and became one of Norwegian cinema's greatest box-office successes, in addition to winning several awards - including the Norwegian National Film Award Amanda for Best Film - and being nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1988.

    Since then Gaup has had a steady output in both film and television. His second film, the action-adventure pirate-movie Shipwrecked (1990), was co-produced by Walt Disney Pictures, and was shot in both Norwegian and English language, for world-wide release. Again a hit for Gaup, he next turned his attention to a more low-key project: After famously having turned down offers to direct American films such as RoboCop and Not Without My Daughter, he premiered the comedy-thriller Head Above Water in 1993, which garnered Gaup his second Amanda-award for Best Film. The film was later remade in the U.S., starring Harvey Keitel and Cameron Diaz. Gaup's other films include the French-American co-production North Star (1996), the critically acclaimed drama Misery Harbour (1999), the television series' Nini (1998) and Deadline Torp (also made as a TV-movie, 2005). In 2008 Gaup went back to his roots, so to speak, premiering the epic drama The Kautokeino Rebellion, based on actual events that took place in his hometown of Kautokeino in Norways northernmost county of Finnmark - events which have later had both great symbolic value, as well as caused controv

    Nils Gaup


Alexandra Gjerpen
Stig Henrik Hoff
Heidi Ruud Ellingsen
Mads Sjøgård Pettersen
Rune Temte
Simon Berger
Otto Fahlgren
Pernille Sandøy


Nils Gaup
Odd Helge Haugsnes
Andre Ferreira Barbosa
Marcus Tydenrud
Anders Bohman
Øystein Sevåg
Other Music:
Kai Taule
Costume Designer:
Katja Watkins
Makeup artist:
Dorte Pedersen
Sound Design:
Hugo Ekornes
Sound Recording:
Ingar Pedersen
VFX supervisor:
Kai Kiønig Bortne
Silje Paulsen
Still photographer:
Trond Eliassen
Martin Losvik
Prop Master:
Ilze Grickus
First assistant director:
Alice Eidesund
Fredrik Morheden
Michael Higgins
Alice Eidesund
Alice Eidesund

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DCP 4k
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