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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 .... co-producer
Gema Juarez Allen .... executive 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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Study of landscape cannot overcome contrived concept, 25 February 2012
Author: Erotic Porridge from United Kingdom

Victor Kossakovsky's '¡Vivan las Antipodas!' documents four sets of antipodes – locations diametrically opposite to each other on the surface of Earth – to unveil the contrasts and continuities that exist in the natural world. The film is more attuned to the drama of landscape than to human drama, relegating its human subjects to bit players in lengthy studies of mountains and bodies of water. Though such an approach is not in itself unrewarding, Kossakovsky struggles to transform his footage into something compelling or engaging.

The notion of investigating these antipodes is appealing, but ultimately unenlightening. Kossakovsky's idea provides a neat framework that he struggles to work within; the footage he shoots of the antipodes are non-complementary, meaning many of the global connections the director uncovers feel forced and unwieldy. At worst they become trite and superficial – Ooh, look! A rock in Spain looks a bit like a beached whale in New Zealand! – lending the film a gimmicky quality. This is not helped by the numerous occasions when Kossakovsky tilts his camera upside down to show events on the opposite side of the world, a device that adds little to proceedings.

Aside from some woolly ecological assertions, the film lacks thematic drive or philosophical content. Compared with a film such as 'Le Quattro Volte', a film superficially similar in its long takes and focus on landscape over human personality, '¡Vivan las Antipodas!' crucially lacks mystery or drama. Many moments of the film steer away from the poetic into the realm of banality; cynical though it may be to view the film in this way, it is apparent that the repeated images of butterflies and rainbows that come towards the end of the film just don't cut it as the "life-affirming" images that they are intended as. Many of the film's money shots come across less as compelling cinematic images than silver screen savers - pretty, but emotionally neutral. In an age when nature documentaries show us jaw-dropping nature footage on a nigh weekly basis, Kossakovsky's film of elephants and condors feels slightly amateurish, not much more than quality holiday footage on the big screen. Additionally, the animal footage is often used either for comic effect or for sentimental impact, lending much of the proceedings a gratingly twee edge.

The film's problems are compounded by uninspiring editing, courtesy of director Victor Kossakovsky. His affection for many of the scenarios he has filmed is apparent and it is perhaps an unwillingness to trim back the less successful moments that cripples the film. As a result, it feels both bloated and rushed, both filled to bursting point and strangely hollow. We are bounced around the Earth with such rapidity that we glean no real understanding of any of the places we are shown. Kossakovsky's camera travels so far and so fast that the audience is given no chance to settle into the natural rhythms of these locations, no chance to breathe in the surroundings. Some of the antipodes barely register, (Botswana) whilst even the most prominent (Argentina) is hampered by focusing on two men who spout laboured and unconvincing conversations that broadly lay out the themes of the film.

This is not to say that the film is without its pleasures, often from the moments that are less insistent about their capacity to induce amazement. The changing light of an African sunset, the otherworldly shots of Shanghai, a shimmering mountain seemingly finding a solid body in its reflection – moments such as these prevent the film from becoming entirely unrewarding. Yet even these moments are often lamentably hindered by the film's bombastic and decidedly bizarre score. Perhaps with a surer hand at the editing desk the film could have been shaped into something more than the mêlée of raw footage it currently stands as, though it is not improbable that the contrived nature of its central conceit would hobble it at every step.

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