The 35mm motion picture GAVAGAI follows German businessman Carsten Neuer as he travels to Norway to finish the impossible translation of some Norwegian poems by Tarjei Vesaas into Chinese, a project of his late wife. He hires Niko, a down-on-his-luck Sami tour guide, to drive him to the poet’s home and places of inspiration to stimulate his own translation. On the road, the ghost of Carsten’s wife appears to him, while Niko struggles with the sudden consequences of his girlfriend’s pregnancy. On this journey, two very different men come to realize the transforming power of love, the limits of language, and the human need for friendship.

GAVAGAI is being distributed by Shadow Releasing with screenings to being this Fall in NYC and LA.

Cinema Village, NYC from August 3, 2018

Music Hall, LA from August 10, 2018

To learn more about GAVAGAI, read below:

Telemarksavia “Tarjei Vessas in American Format”
NRK “Creating Films of Vessas’ Poems”