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Although he’s warned to expect boredom and bitter cold, Anders, a young Danish primary school teacher, accepts a post in Tiniteqiilaq, a remote village of 80 inhabitants in Greenland. Arriving with certain preconceptions—the “Danish look” as one villager calls it—Anders contends with cultural differences and an unruly classroom, to say nothing of the snow. Wondering what it takes to be accepted in this “hellhole,” he’s advised to try learning the language and local ways—hunting, sledding, fishing. How hard can it be, he figures, to ride a sled?

French filmmaker Samuel Collardey often explores the blurry terrain between fiction and documentary. Meticulously constructed, A Polar Year blends purely documentary sequences with scripted moments involving the villagers. But these distinctions become academic as you give yourself over to cinema that’s thoroughly absorbing and visually breathtaking. Collardey spent months in the village before learning of Anders’s assignment and starting to film. His “reverse assimilation” story reflects delightfully on Eurocentrism as well as on Tiniteqiilaq’s indigenous people, changing seasons, and rhythms of life and death.

Sun. 1/21, 2:30 p.m., Egyptian, PC
Mon. 1/22, 7:00 p.m., Redstone 2, PC
Thu. 1/25, 1:00 p.m., Holiday 4, PC
Fri. 1/26, 6:00 p.m., Tower, SLC
Sat. 1/27, 12:15 p.m., Holiday 2, PC

YEAR 2017

CATEGORY World Doc

COUNTRY France

RUN TIME 95 min

LANGUAGE Danish/Inuit

SUBTITLES Yes with English subtitles

COMPANY KINOLOGY

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Artist Bio

Samuel Collardey

Samuel Collardey is an award-winning French director and cinematographer known for his work in the docufiction genre. His previous films include Du soleil en hiver, winner of the SACD Prize at the Cannes Film Festival; The Apprentice, winner of the critics' award at the Venice International Film Festival; and Land Legs, winner of best actor at the Venice International Film Festival. Collardey also directed several episodes of the critically acclaimed television series The Bureau.