¡Vivan las Antipodas!

¡Vivan las Antipodas!

  • Germany, Netherlands, Argentina, Chile
  • 104
  • PG
  • Victor Kossakovsky
  • Heino Deckert (Producer)
  • Victor Kossakovsky (Cinematographer)
  • Victor Kossakovsky (Editor)
  • Victor Kossakovsky (Writer)
  • Alexander Popov (Music)
  • Guido Beremblum (Sound)

Antipodes refer to populations settled on precisely opposite sides of the globe, an exceedingly rare occurrence given the percentage of the Earth’s surface covered in water. Award-winning filmmaker Victor Kossakovsky uses the idea of antipodes to launch a dizzying and exuberant travelogue moving between Argentina and China, Russia and Chile, Botswana and Hawaii, Spain and New Zealand, illuminating uncanny continuities and disturbing disjunctions between the landscapes and cultures encountered there. Botswanan women gently dance in harmony with the sounds of Hawaiian slack-key guitars from the opposite side of the world. Shepherds from Patagonia, Chile take their flocks to be sheared while sheep in Lake Bulkal, Russia graze peacefully. Mesmerizing, moving and at times transcendentally comical, ¡Vivan Las Antipodas! breathes life into places that seem mythically connected. Eli Horwatt

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