Country: Sweden, Denmark
Year: 2023
Duration: 125'

Jan is on the run from himself after being sexually abused by his father. Living in Greenland with his little family, he yearns to be a part of the open, collectivist culture and become a Kalak, a "dirty Greenlander".


film director

Isabella Eklöf

(Stockholm, Sweden, 1978) upon graduating in 2011, she received the prestigious Bisballe Award for her graduation film Notes from Underground. Her first feature Holiday debuted in Sundance in 2018 and then travelled the festival circuit, winning the Grand Prix at New Horizons FF as well as four awards at the Danish Film Critics Association Bodil Prize, including the Best Film award. In 2018 she co-wrote the screenplay for acclaimed Border by Ali Abbasi that won Un Certain Regard at Cannes. In 2019 she received the respected art award The Carl Th. Dreyer Prize for her work. In 2020 she directed two episodes of Apple TV series The Servant, showrun by appraised director M. Night Shyamalan. In 2021 she directed four episodes of acclaimed HBO TV series Industry. In 2023 she directed her second feature, Kalak, which was screened at San Sebastián.


Wilkommen in Barbaristan (cm, 2009), Noter fra kælderen (Notes form Underground, cm, 2011), Holiday (2018), The Servant (Servant, serie tv, due ep., 2020), Industry (id., serie tv, quattro ep. 2021), Kalak (2023).


film director

“Jan wants to be a real Kalak, he wants to eat all the seal fat and raw liver, drink the cheap Danish beer and be a part of the extended family of a collectivist culture. He’s brought his little family along and at its core this film is about fathers, and how trauma is brought down through the generations.”


& Credits

DIRECTOR: Isabella Eklöf. SCREENPLAY: Kim Leine, Isabella Eklöf, Sissel Dalsgaard Thomsen. CINEMATOGRAPHY: Nadim Carlsen. EDITING: Anna Eborn, Isabella Eklöf. PRODUCTION DESIGN: Josephine Farsø. COSTUME DESIGN: Sascha Valbjørn. SOUND: Mark Glynne. CAST: Emil Johnsen, Asta Kamma August, Berda Larsen, Connie Kristoffersen, Vigga Tukula, Allie Maggie Kvist, Bertram Krassèl, Søren Hellerup, Anders Mossling. PRODUCER: Maria Møller Kjeldgaard. PRODUCTION: Manna Film. 

CONTACT: Totem Film (Núria Palenzuela Camon)