Traces Grow Out of Words

A portrait of the Faroese writer Jóanes 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 Jóanes 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.

Jóanes 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 Ottarsdóttir gives us a fascinating portrait of what drives Jóanes as a writer.


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

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

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

Supported by: Mentamálaráðið, Mentanargrunnur Landsins, Eik Banki, Fjølrit, Føroya Skúlabókagrunnur, KulturKontakt Nord, Dansk-færøsk Kulturfond og Tórshavnar Kommuna.

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