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la Biennale di Venezia
Main Visual Sezione Cinema EN (new)


68th Venice International Film Festival

Director: Marco Müller

31st August > 10th September 2011

Out of Competition

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With this film Victor Kossakovsky grants himself a childhood wish. Haven’t we all asked ourselves as children where we would come out if we dug a tunnel right through the centre of the earth? Haven’t we all wondered at some point what was happening just at this moment beneath our very feet at the other side of the planet? In this film those reveries turn into reality. In breathtaking images and a stunning montage we go on a trip to the world’s rare inhabited land-to-land antipodes. We discover the wonders and contradictions of nature and people around the globe. With unprecedented camera movements and exhilarating new perspectives our conventional view of the world is challenged.
After the evocative title follows a revolutionary film that gives three cheers to our planet and its people in all their antagonisms and commonalities: ¡Vivan las Antipodas!
31 August 22:00 - Sala Grande 31 August 21:50 - PalaBiennale OUT OF COMPETITION Vivan las Antipodas! [Opening film] by Victor Kossakovsky - Germany, Argentina, Netherlands, Chile, 100'
language: Spanish, Russian, Setswana, English - s/t English, Italian
Director’s Statement
In a small village with very few houses in the countryside of Argentina, I saw a man fishing from a small bridge. Beneath the sunset light, that simple place looked to me like the most beautiful and peaceful place on Earth. I imagined – what if I were to extend this fishing line straight down, through the centre of the Earth? What will I see on the other side? As it turned out one of the most powerful, bustling and noisy cities on the planet – Shanghai.
Then I learned that since most of the planet is covered by water, there are only a few inhabited land-to-land antipodal places. For instance, in all of Europe only Spain has an antipode – New Zealand. The USA only has one such place in Hawaii, which is opposite Botswana, the only true antipode in Africa. We were also filming in the most beautiful and cinematographic locations, which are in my opinion, Lake Baikal and Cape Horn. Sometimes you have a good idea for a film, but once you make it you realize that the idea is better than the reality. For ¡Vivan las antipodas! was opposite! The idea was cool, but what I found in reality was even more unbelievable and surprising.