“‘It’s just a renovation,” quips Rijksmuseum director Wim Pijbes. “How complicated can it be?” Well, that was in 2006. Seven years later, as the work finally came to completion, he had his answer. This fascinating documentary (cut down from the original 4 hour version that showed on Dutch TV and at VIFF two years ago) sheds light on one of the jewels of the art world, the home to countless masterpieces by Rembrandt and so many others.
“Hoogendijk has created an artifact that 400 years hence may prove as vital a window into Amsterdam culture as any of the Dutch masterpieces hanging in the museum itself.” Peter Debruge, Variety
Fifteen years and 9 Antarctic winters in the making, Powell’s film gives a glimpse into what it is like to spend a full year living and working in the harshest place on the planet, presenting a never-before-seen insider’s view of the frozen south. It’s a dazzling movie, but never more so than in long, endless nights of the Antarctic winter, when the sun never rises, time stands still, and the aurora australis puts on a private show of heavenly dimensions. "An extraordinary achievement that reinvigorates our sense of wonder about the natural world." NZ Herald
You’ll think twice before using that overworked word “awesome” again after seeing Anthony Powell’s film […] There are moments when what Powell’s cameras have captured will bring you to tears. Which is why you need to see it in the dark, on a big screen." Helene Wong, The NZ Listener
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Juliette Binoche delivers another luminous performance in this probing drama about a conflict photographer torn between the high risk work she believes in and the responsibility her husband (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) insists she has to stay safe for the sake of their children.
"A subtle, densely layered portrait of a real family at a crossroads." G Allen Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle