Laila

  • PG

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This epic-scaled romantic drama tells the story of Laila, separated as a baby from her Norwegian parents and raised amongst the nomadic Sami people. Returned to her birth family Laila grows to maturity, torn between the Christian settlers and the reindeer-herding community who raised her as one of their own. Director Schnevoigt (cinematographer on a number of Carl Dreyer films including The Parsons Widow) captures the imposing vastness of the stunning snow and ice landscape, the fascinating way of life of a still beleaguered minority people, and the intimate narrative of a father who sacrifices his own happiness for that of his daughter.HippFest is delighted to present the world premiere of a new commission for award-winning Norwegian/Scottish folk duo Marit and Rona who have created a new score marrying the music of the remote landscapes and indigenous peoples of their respective homes.Dir: George Schnevoigt | Norway | 1929 | N/C PG | bw | English intertitles | 2h 26m plus 20m intervalWith: Mona Mrtenson, Peter Malberg, Tryggve Larssen, Harald SchwenzenPerforming live Marit Flt and Rona Wilkie (violin, fiddle, mandola, hardingfele)Screening material courtesy Flicker Alley

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