27th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival
The northernmost city in the world, Longyearbyen, is the most populated settlement in the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard. A Czech social anthropologist attempts to make a new home for herself here with her family whilst also researching social transformations in the local community. The loss of jobs in the mining industry, as well as the complicated relationship between Norwegian natives, foreign immigrants, and tourists all contribute to the city's change of atmosphere whilst the surrounding snowy mountains melt and avalanches threaten the daily existence of the local population. This portrait of the microcosm of an ice town is a raw glimpse into the contemporary globalized world.
“Still, such charm carries a risk. Since if everybody came here to enjoy the clarity and space, soon there’d be neither.”
biographyVeronika Lišková (* 1982) devotes her time to screenwriting and directing films. In the past, she served for the Institute of Documentary Film as head of the Ex Oriente Film and East Doc Forum programmes as well as the editor-in-chief of the Nový Prostor review and of festival leaflets for Ji.hlava International Film Festival. Her film Daniel's World (2014) was screened at the Berlinale and won the Audience Award at Ji.hlava IDFF.
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|producer:||Martina Netíková, Kristýna Michálek Květová|
|music:||Jana Winderen, Jonatán Pastirčák|
|sound design:||Jakub Jurásek|
|co-producer:||Anna Mach Rumanová, Mette Cheng Munthe-Kaas, Johanna Dorothea Raita, Peter Kerekes|