Three men set out on a journey in the footsteps of Helge Ingstad to find a lost Apache tribe in Mexico. What was supposed to be an adventurous boyhood dream quickly becomes something entirely different.

Eight years ago, Danish screenwriter Lars K. Andersen had an idea for a film inspired by his childhood hero, Helge Ingstad. In 1937, Ingstad traveled to Mexico to follow in the footsteps of a lost Apache tribe. Alongside Norwegian Håvard Bustnes, the director behind Name of the Game, he decides to follow in Ingstad's footsteps.

The starting point for Bustnes' new film is an eccentric «road movie» that quickly develops into something entirely different. They are forced to confront and dismantle the myth of the white adventurer, and at the same time, they are compelled to reflect on their role as outsiders and ask themselves: Is this really their story to tell?


Håvard Bustnes (b. 1973) is an award-winning director and producer. He studied TV directing at the Lillehammer University College and at NTNU. Name of the Game premiered at IDFA in 2021 and has since been shown at several film festivals.

This film is part of

Nordic Documentary

Original title Phantoms of the Sierra Madre

Country Norway, Finland, USA, Mexico

Year 2024

Director Håvard Bustnes

Screenplay Lars Kristian Andersen

Cinematography Lars Skree

Producer Håvard Bustnes, Christian Aune Falch, N. Bird Runningwater

Production Company UpNorth Film, Napafilms

Runtime 1h 39m

Language English, Danish, Spanish, Norwegian

Subtitles English

Genre Documentary

Format DCP

Age limit 9

Links IMDb

This film is in competition for the Audience Award.