Fjords carved by glacial waters trace rolling hills sparsely dotted by colorful block homes. It’s a melancholy setting for a melancholy film: Nuummioq, billed as Greenland’s first international feature. The title literally means “resident of Nuuk,” the island’s capital and largest city. And it chronicles just that—the life of one ordinary resident. Malik works as a repairman, carouses with his friends, and casually sleeps with women until he learns he is dying of cancer. As often comes next in this type of story, Malik goes on a transformative personal journey. Yet his veiled past—something to do with the death of his parents—remains largely uncovered, and disappointingly so. The real crux of Malik’s journey centers on his desire to share his fate with his family, best friend, and on-again-off-again girlfriend, from whom he’s kept his illness secret. What’s most intriguing, though, isn’t Malik’s journey, but the backdrop of life in Greenland, shown via stunning sails through fjords, lamb hunts in rocky pastures, and the elaborate making of fiery Greenlandic coffee.
At 8:30 p.m.; also on Saturday, April 9 at 9:15 p.m. Both showings at E Street Cinema.