Nils Gaup

Nils Gaup (born 1955) trained at The Norwegian Theatre Academy, graduating as an actor in 1978. In 1981 he co-founded the Beaivváš Sámi Teahter, the only theatre performing in the Sámi language of the indigenous Sámi people of Northern Norway, of which Gaup himself is a native. One of his screenplays led to his debut as a film director with PATHFINDER (1987). The award-winning film became one of Norwegian cinema's greatest box-office successes and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1988. Gaup's other films include SHIPWRECKED (1990), HEAD ABOVE WATER (1993), the French-American co-production NORTH STAR (1996) and the critically acclaimed drama MISERY HARBOUR (1999). He has also made his mark as a producer, co-founding the film and television production company Govat in 1992.

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