Milak, der Grönlandjäger

The Great Unknown
Back home, three women fear for their husbands’ lives as arctic researchers Larsen, Svendsen, and Eriksen set out on a dangerous expedition to the Arctic. In Greenland, they hire Inuit dog handler Milak. The plan is for Svendsen to travel north along the coast by ship, while Larsen, Eriksen, and Milak drive towards the far north with dog sleds. In a race against a competing American expedition, they brave snowstorms, crevasses, and polar bears as they weather one adventure after the next. But then their supplies run out ... Critics of the time called Milak, der Grönlandjäger the German answer to Robert Flaherty’s Nanook of the North (1922). Filmed largely on location in Greenland and Norway’s Spitsbergen archipelago, the film combines impressive landscape footage with ethnographic observation. With their athletic way of filming in the open air, the camera staff from Arnold Fanck’s “Freiburg camera school” used the natural world as a key player, even blowing up ice sheets to create high drama. They were helped along the way by a polar bear sourced from Hamburg’s Hagenbeck zoo.
by Bernhard Villinger, Georg Asagaroff
with Waldemar Coste, Harry Bellinghausen, Ruth Weyher, Lotte Lorring, Nils Focksen, Iris Arlan, Helmer Hanssen, Robby Robert, Sepp Allgeier, Albert Benitz, Richard Angst
Germany 1927 German intertitles 100’ Black/White Documentary form


  • Waldemar Coste
  • Harry Bellinghausen
  • Ruth Weyher
  • Lotte Lorring
  • Nils Focksen
  • Iris Arlan
  • Helmer Hanssen
  • Robby Robert
  • Sepp Allgeier
  • Albert Benitz
  • Richard Angst


Directors Bernhard Villinger, Georg Asagaroff
Screenplay Armin Petersen, Bernhard Villinger based on true events during the expeditions of Scott, Mawson, Koch
Cinematography Sepp Allgeier, Albert Benitz, Richard Angst

Produced by

Universum Film AG (Ufa)

Additional information

Film Print: Bundesarchiv-Filmarchiv, Berlin

Bernhard Villinger


Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2018

Georg Asagaroff


Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2018