Friday 29 March – h 16.00 • Cinema PortoAstra
On the remote New Siberian Islands in the Arctic Ocean, hunters search for tusks of extinct mammoths. One day, they discover a surprisingly well-preserved mammoth carcass.
Resurrecting the woolly mammoth is a first manifestation of the next great technological revolution – genetics. It may well turn our world upside down.
Switzerland, China, Russia, South Korea, USA
Color, 2018, 122’
Original language English, Russian, Yakut, Corean
World Premiere Sundance Film Festival 2018
Christian Frei, Maxim Arbugaev
Thomas Bachmann, Christian Frei
Max Richter, Edward Artemyev
Christian Frei is considered one of today’s most innovative and compelling documentary filmmakers. He was nominated for an Academy Award with War Photographer (2001) and won the World Cinema Directing Award at Sundance with Space Tourists (2009). For his latest endeavor he reached out to Siberian filmmaker Maxim Arbugaev.
Russian director and cinematographer Maxim Arbugaev grew up to be a professional ice hockey player. Discovering his passion for filmmaking in the solitude of the New Siberian Islands, he currently studies documentary filmmaking at The Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography in Moscow. His directorial debut The Hunters (2014) earned several awards.