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".

Jan, a nurse who is also a father of two, was sexually abused by his father as a teenager. He works in Nuuk in Greenland and tries to connect to the culture - and possibly all of his traumas - through sexual relationships. When someone calls him a Kalak, a Greenlandic word with the double meaning of "real" and "dirty" Greenlander, he wears it as a badge of honor. But in the end, he must confront his father.

Director Isabella Eklöf follows up her debut success Holiday with Kalak, based on Kim Leine's raw memoir of the same name. Again she shows that she is a fearless filmmaker who sharply and insightfully portrays the complex psyche and unpleasant aspects of man. Together with convincing acting and beautiful, unsentimental photography, Eklöf delivers an intense drama.


Born in Stockholm, Sweden, Isabella Eklöf moved to Copenhagen to attend the Danish Film School as a director. Eklöf’s feature debut Holiday premiered at Sundance in 2018. She co-wrote the screenplay for the acclaimed Border by Ali Abbasi in 2018. In 2019 she received the respected art award The Carl Th. Dreyer Prize for her work.

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