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World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award for Cinematography

Two sets of sojourners passionately pursue the remains of the storied, long-extinct woolly mammoth: a small population of scavengers in the Siberian Islands who unearth mammoth tusks (prized in the Chinese art market) from the harsh landscape, and a loosely-knit international community of scientists who now seek to revive the mammoth through cutting-edge synthetic-biology technologies.

While the two groups in Christian Frei and Maxim Arbugaev's Genesis 2.0 are united in their reverence for the mammoth, a subtle disquiet undergirds all their activities: both the disturbance of mammoth remains (a longstanding cultural taboo), and the engineering of life forms through cloning, genome sequencing, and the like, making humans potentially the co-authors of natural life and opening a Pandora's box of ethical considerations. The hulking figure of the mammoth is the thematic phantom haunting Frei's gripping documentary—and its dramatic fulcrum. The unprecedented, on-camera excavation of a largely intact mammoth is a rare privilege for viewers, and it’s also an alarming harbinger of a bold future visited by fearsome and long-untouched secrets of the past.

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YEAR 2018

CATEGORY World Doc

COUNTRY Switzerland

RUN TIME 113 min

LANGUAGE English and Russian/Yakut/Korean/Chinese

SUBTITLES Yes with English subtitles

COMPANY Rise and Shine World Sales

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Christian Frei

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 for War Photographer (2001) and won the Directing Award at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival with Space Tourists. For his latest endeavor, he reached out to Siberian filmmaker Maxim Arbugaev.


Maxim Arbugaev

Born in 1991 in Tiksi, on the shoreline of the Arctic Ocean, Russian director and cinematographer Maxim Arbugaev wanted to grow 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 in Moscow. His directorial debut, The Hunters (2014), earned several awards.