28th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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The Visitors
The Visitors
The Visitors
The Visitors
The Visitors

The Visitors

director: Veronika Lišková
original title: Návštěvníci
country: Czech Republic, Norway, Slovakia
year: 2022
running time: 83 min.


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.”



Veronika 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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director: Veronika Lišková
producer: Martina Netíková, Kristýna Michálek Květová
photography: Vojtěch Vančura
editing: Marek Šulík
music: Jana Winderen, Jonatán Pastirčák
sound design: Jakub Jurásek
co-producer: Anna Mach Rumanová, Mette Cheng Munthe-Kaas, Johanna Dorothea Raita, Peter Kerekes
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