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¡Vivan las Antipodas! -- Filmmaker Victor Kossakovsky captures images that turn our view of the world upside down as we journey across the globe to four antipodal pairs: two places located diametrically opposite to each other on the earth's surface.
¡Vivan las Antipodas! -- Clip: Animals Drink and Dried Lava
¡Vivan las Antipodas! -- Clip: Landscape and Geese


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23 February 2012 (Germany) See more »
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This film was seen at the Tribeca film festival in Doha; its second only public showing, which was followed by a Q&A session with the film maker. See more (4 total) »

Directed by
Victor Kossakovsky 
Produced by
Pilar Capano .... assistant producer
Joost de Vries .... co-producer
Heino Deckert .... producer
Juan Manuel Egaña .... co-producer
Gema Juarez Allen .... executive producer
Gema Juarez Allen .... producer
Leontine Petit .... co-producer
Achim Pfeffer .... associate producer
Alexander Rodnyansky .... executive producer
Eva-Maria Weerts .... executive producer
Original Music by
Alexander Popov 
Cinematography by
Victor Kossakovsky 
Film Editing by
Victor Kossakovsky 
Sound Department
Michiel de Boer .... sound editor
Paul Gies .... sound designer & editor
Lennert Hunfeld .... assistant sound re-recording mixer
Marc Lizier .... sound designer & editor
Peter Mendonca .... dolby sound consultant
Christoph Oertel .... foley recordist
Vladimir Rakic .... foley artist
Vladimir Rakic .... sound editor
Michel Schöpping .... sound designer and re-recording mixer
Vincent Sinceretti .... sound editor
Cloud Wang .... location sound recordist
Visual Effects by
Rudolf Germann .... visual effects artist
Lena Meyer .... title designer
Andreas Schellenberg .... visual effects artist
Andreas Schellenberg .... visual effects supervisor
Camera and Electrical Department
Ben Bernhard .... camera supervisor
Editorial Department
Peter Bernaers .... colorist
Music Department
Sami Buccella .... music consultant
Other crew
Mayra Bottero .... production assistant
Flor Rubina .... production coordinator
Constanza Sanz Palacios .... production coordinator
Adam J. Segal .... publicist

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Germany:108 min
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This film was seen at the Tribeca film festival in Doha; its second only public showing, which was followed by a Q&A session with the film maker., 1 November 2011
Author: ccelnbarrio from Qatar

This film is a geographer's dream, featuring eight places in the world (4 pairs of antipodes). Seven out of the eight sites have very few or no people, which makes it a special joy as our planet's population hits 7 billion! There is little drama, just simple stories of the lives of people interacting with nature, or patient documentation of natural processes, such as lava flowing (Hawaii). In contrast, we see head on, as hundreds of Chinese on bicycles drive onto a ferry in the fog (the only place of the eight where there is a huge population).

The film maker plays with our perceptions of up and down, horizontal and vertical, image and reflection, which requires a good deal of concentration and rotating the head to understand what we are seeing. But eventually its better to just surrender to the abstract beauty of the images that appear on the screen and go with the flow of the film.

In one scene from Patagonia, the camera follows the gliding flight of a condor as it circles down a canyon. We learn afterwards during the Q&A session, that this kind of footage is normally achieved by placing an animal carcass in the bird's habitat to get its attention. The film maker felt that he could not kill an animal for the sake of his film, so he made his son lie at the bottom of the canyon for two hours as he filmed. This is funny, but it also shows a regard for life that is evident all through the film.

To create a film of this high standard requires time, effort and sacrifice (obvious) and also a single-minded vision without compromise. Thank you.

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