Original title Nutsigassat
English title Translations
Director/Producer Tinne Zenner
Script/Camera/Edit Tinne Zenner
Music Wieland Rambke
Voiceover Maria Motzfeldt
Colorgrade Edoardo Rebecchi / Beofilm
Year 2018
Running time 20min 20sec
Screening format DCP/HD
Countries of production Greenland / Canada / Denmark
Supported by
Danish Arts Foundation
LIFT - Liaison of Independent Filmmakers Toronto
NAPA - Nordens Institut i Grønland
Nordic Culture Point

Synopsis
"Go outside. The lovely mountains two, Sermitsiaq and Kingittorsuaq, look at them.” While the housing blocks carry a past of national diaspora, layers of snow cover a future development in the city of Nuuk, Greenland. The landscape acts as a scenery for collective nostalgia and industrial production, as the film studies glitches in translation of language and culture in a post-colonial modernity.

Long synopsis
"'Translations' (in Greenlandic: 'Nutsigassat') reflects on the power of language as a colonizer of foreign landscapes. The Danish names imposed on Greenland's spaces and landscapes have historically been a part of Denmark's engagement in the vast country in the North. A process, through which the mountains of Sermitsiaq and Kingittorsuaq that surround Nuuk were detached from both their semantic and geographical meaning. But also the physical signs of the fatal interventions of the past are legible in the concrete high-rises that replaced the small communities of the bygds along the coasts which were closed down by the Danish government in the 1960s and 70s. Even the manual mass production of tupilaks (sacred amulettos made of bones and horns) describe a cultural mutation of the mythical figure into a tourist object. Through a complex juxtaposition of text, voice and her beautiful 16mm film imagery, Zenner has created a critical work in which the majestic and vast vistas of Greenland defy the history imposed on them." - CPH:DOX 2018

CPH:DOX New:Vision Jury Statement
“An idea as a symbol, a name as a shape, an image as a surface, a landscape as a waveform: for its formal complexity, material sensibilities and its attention to language as a site of resistance, the special mention of the New:Vision Jury goes to Translations.”

Screenings & Exhibitions
Past
Assinga 4x4, Nuuk Nordisk & Nuuk Artmuseum, Nuuk, Greenland
Tak i lige måde - Contemporary Art from Denmark, Reykjavik Artmuseum, Iceland
CPH:DOX 2018 (Cinema World Premiere), New:Vision Award Special Mention
ICDOCS - Iowa City International Documentary Film Festival - April, 2018
The Maryland Film Festival - May, 2018
FRACTO Experimental Film Encounter - May, 2018
Festspillene i Nordnorge/Arctic Arts Festival, Harstad, Norway
26th Curtas Vila do Conde IFF – July, 2018
Somewhere In Between, BOZAR, Brussels, Belgium

Future
Reykjavík International Film Festival, Sep 27 - Oct 7, 2018
Curtocircuíto International Film Festival, Spain - Sep 29 - Oct 9, 2018
Paris Festival for Different and Experimental Cinema - Oct 10-12, 2018
Nomadica - Bologna, Italy - Nov 1-4, 2018