Switzerland 2018, 113 min, English, Russian and Korean, Hebrew & English subtitles
On the wind-swept islands of the Arctic Ocean and in cutting-edge genetic engineering laboratories in Harvard and Korea—a race is taking place. On the islands, hunters battle against the waves, ice and frozen earth, hoping to find the tusks of a wooly mammoth, each weighing dozens of kilograms and priced at thousands of dollars. In the labs, synthetic biology researchers hope to resurrect the mammoth, now extinct for thousands of years, and revolutionize genetics by proving that man can design species and bring them to life just as well as nature.
Two brothers—a hunter and a scientist—set off on two journeys and encounter breathtaking scenery, unsettling beliefs and groundbreaking discoveries; and everyone who joins them is willing to go far to find fame and fortune.
Previous Festivals:Sundance, Visions Du Reel
Production: Christian Frei
Production Company: Frei Filmproduktion
Editing: Christian Frei, Thomas Bachmann
Cinematography: Peter Indergand, Maxim Arbugaev
Soundtrack & Music: Max Richter, Edward Artemyev
Born 1991 in Tiksi, on the shoreline of the Arctic Ocean, 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/Moscow.
Swiss director and producer 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