28th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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The Sea Ice
The Sea Ice
The Sea Ice
The Sea Ice
The Sea Ice

The Sea Ice

director: Sergio H. Martín
original title: La Banquisa
country: Mexico
year: 2022
running time: 10 min.


The unsuccessful attempt of polar explorer Roald Amundsen to reach the North Pole by air in 1925 is the subject of a unique archival documentary. The footage, shot in the icy wasteland on a 16mm camera, is supplemented by artificial post-synchros imitating the crunching of snow, the rumbling of wind, and other sounds from the end of the world.

“How to represent the conquest of a place that is an absolutely empty geographical abstraction?”

Source: https://marvinwayne.com/en/la-banquisa


Sergio H. Martín (* 1983) is a Spanish director and editor based in Mexico City. He makes use of his skills not only in the production of Mexican series, but also as a documentary filmmaker. His short film Los Seis Grados de Libertad (Six Degrees of Freedom, 2019) enjoyed success at festivals in France, Belgium, Poland, and the United States.

more about film

director: Sergio H. Martín
producer: Patricia Ordaz, Sergio H. Martín
Ministerstvo kultury
Fond kinematografie
Město Jihlava
Kraj Vysočina
Creative Europe Media
Česká televize
Český rozhlas