Traces Grow Out of Words

A portrait of the Faroese writer Jˇanes Nielsen.

"An extraordinary film portrait ..."   
Review in the Danish newspaper Berlingske Tidende.

"... a beautiful film work."   
Review on the Danish website

Gentle and tough. Fragile and existentially hard hitting. Those are a few of many labels you can put on Jˇanes Nielsen (f. 1953), a fisherman, workman, socialist, nationalist, and - not least - writer and poet from the Faroe Islands - a small, self governing part of Denmark, situated in the middle of the North Atlantic.

Jˇanes Nielsen is the strongest voice in modern Faroese literature and in this portrait film he generously shares the experiences, which have formed him as a writer. He is not afraid of showing his vulnerability as a human being and as a man. Alternating between narrative and poetry, the filmmaker Katrin Ottarsdˇttir gives us a fascinating portrait of what drives Jˇanes as a writer.


Director, cinematographer & editor: Katrin Ottarsdˇttir. Idea: Hugin Eide & Katrin Ottarsdˇttir. Sound mix: Iben Haahr Andersen/Fru Tone. Colour grading: AndrÚ StŠhr/DNR Media. Producer: Hugin Eide. Production: Blue Bird Film © 2009. Duration: 75 minutes. Format: 16:9, HDV, colour, stereo.

Premiere: 3. december 2009, Tˇrshavn, Faroe Islands.

Available on DVD with subtitles in Danish, English, and German.

Supported by: Mentamßlarß­i­, Mentanargrunnur Landsins, Eik Banki, Fj°lrit, F°roya Sk˙labˇkagrunnur, KulturKontakt Nord, Dansk-fŠr°sk Kulturfond og Tˇrshavnar Kommuna.

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