• The Tongues

    Directed by Marja Bål Nango, Ingir Bål
    Norway | 15 minutes |

During a blizzard on the tundra, a Sami woman is herding her reindeer when she is attacked by a man. Her sister senses that something is wrong and starts looking for her. Wrapped in fear and confusion, both women will unite in their fight for revenge.

WINNER: Best International Short

film synopsis

film details

Director: Marja Bål Nango, Ingir Bål
Producers: Elisa Fernanda Pirir
Screenwriter: Ingir Bål, Marja Bål Nango
Cinematographers: Victor Seguin
Editor: Marja Bål Nango, Ingir Bål, Joacim Svensson
Music: Joacim Svensson
Cast: Ingir Bål, Marja Bål Nango, Johan Påve
Original Language Title: Njuokčamat
Country: Norway
Language: In Sami with English subtitles.
Year: 2019
Running Time: 15 minutes
Awards: Best Debut Award Skårungen, Tromsø International Film Festival
Primary Company: Mer Film
Contact Email: elisa@merfilm.no
Website: https://www.facebook.com/thetonguesshortfilm/?modal=admin_todo_tour

director biography

The film is directed and written by the sisters Marja Bål Nango and Ingir Bål. Both are Sami indigenous, living in the Tundra in arctic Norway and working as reindeer herders, which is their heritage. Marja Bål Nango born (1988) is a Sami director from Galgujávri, Norway. Her education stems from Nordland Art and Film School, Film & Television studies in Lillehammer University College and Film producing at Sámi University College. Her graduate shortfilm FØR HUN KOM, ETTER HAN DRO (2012) won Elle Monague-price at ImagineNATIVE in Toronto and her last short film O.M.G- Oh máigon girl (2015) won UR-price for Best Film at Uppsala Film Festival and Skårungen Award at Tromsø International Film Festival. Marja has participated in many international film festivals and is a member of the Sami International Film Institute and on the board of Northern Norway Film Center for film funding in the Arctic. She worked as reindeer coordinator and director assistant on 'Samiblod' (2016, dir Amanda Kernell) and is currently selected for The Norwegian Film Institute to participate in their talent program UP for women directors.

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