28th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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White on White
White on White
White on White
White on White
White on White
White on White

White on White

director: Viera Čákanyová
original title: Biela na bielej
country: Slovakia, Czech Republic
year: 2020
running time: 74 min.


White on White is director Viera Čákanyová’s video diary that she kept while staying at the Polish Antarctic station, where in 2017 she shot the film FREM (2019), whose main character was an artificial neural network. During her stay, the author chats with various artificial intelligences, leading conversations that touch on the nature of film, art, and the meaning of life while also revealing a way of thinking that’s free from humanity and from an emotionality that forces deep introspection. Footage from her routine, everyday life at the station contrasts with lyrical images of the immaculate Antarctic nature, which the author complements with her own commentary and thoughts provoked by the loneliness of the ice-covered landscape.


„How can you think something fundamentally inhuman? I'm making a film about artificial intelligence, but it's getting harder, more absurd. The Antarctic landscape works like a drug. Am I walking in the white darkness, looking for a sense of relief? I am matter with consciousness, far from thermodynamic equilibrium. That’s is the only thing I can report on.“ V. Čákanyová

Q&A with the director Viera Čákanyová:


Slovak director Viera Čákanyová (1980) studied screenwriting at the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava and documentary filmmaking at FAMU, where she was awarded for her student films at the FAMUFEST festival. In addition to her own work, she also devotes her time to dramaturgy and collaborates on film projects with television stations and non-profit organisations.

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director: Viera Čákanyová
producer: Viera Čákanyová
script: Viera Čákanyová
photography: Viera Čákanyová, Tomáš Klein, Dominik Jursa
sound: Viera Čákanyová
sound design: Tobiáš Potočný
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