¡Vivan las Antipodas! 0+

Victor Kossakovsky, D - NL - RA - RCH 2011, original version / English and Czech subtitles, 104 min
¡Vivan las Antipodas!

More than two thirds of the Earth’s surface is covered by oceans. This leaves few places on the planet diametrically opposite to each other on the surface. In his film, Victor Kossakovsky sets out to meet antipodeans, or inhabitants of those rare places on the globe. There’s not much in Argentina’s Entre Rios save for a small bridge and a few toll collectors’ houses but on the opposite side of the world stands the gigantic metropolis of Shanghai. A shepherd’s cabin in Chile’s Patagonia lies “opposite” a settlement in Baykal. A whale is beached on the coast of New Zealand while insects buzz in a meadow in the mountains of Spain. Meanwhile, solidifying black lava in Hawaii has the same texture as the skin of an elephant in Botswana. Kossakovsky has created a visually stunning portrait of landscape and man, finding humorous parallels between (literally) opposing civilisations and environmental elements. This film, screened at the Venice IFF, joins the diverse filmography of an award-winning director.

 

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