“Gavagai” is an extraordinary and memorable film; its strong and clear emotional refinement arises from a rare force of imagination, a rare power of observation, a rare cinematic sense to fuse them, and a rare skill to realize them together.
German businessman Carsten Neuer travels to Norway to finish the impossible translation of some Norwegian poems by Tarjei Vesaas into Chinese, a project of his late wife. He hires Niko, a down-on-his-luck tour guide, to drive him to the poet’s home and places of inspiration to stimulate his own translation. On the road, the ghost of Carsten’s wife appears to him, while Niko struggles with the sudden consequences of his girlfriend’s pregnancy. On this journey, two very different men come to realize the transforming power of love, the limits of language, and the human need for friendship.
Directed by Rob Tregenza and shot in Norway on 35mm, the cast includes Andreas Lust (from the Oscar-nominated film Revanche and the Golden Bear-nominated film Der Räuber), Anni-Kristiina Juuso (from The Kautokeino Rebellion and the Nika award-winning film The Cuckoo), and Mikkel Gaup (from the Oscar-nominated films Pathfinder and Breaking The Waves).
In U.S. theaters August 3rd, 2018
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