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IDFA - Cucli & Woman and the Glacier

Cucli
Xavier Marrades (ES, 2016) 15'

An atmospheric short film about a lonely truck driver who finds a new life companion in the form of a white dove.

This atmospherically shot film is about a truck driver named Ramon, who leads a lonely life with his elderly parents following the death of his wife. One day, he finds an injured white dove in the cellar of his house. The camera follows him in his everyday activities in and around the house, while he talks about how he cared for the bird and how the two of them have gradually become accustomed to and fond of one another. Suddenly, life starts to look different for Ramon. Perched on his shoulder, the dove accompanies him on long trips in the truck. And even though the dove has now recovered and is fully fit and able to fly, they remain inseparable. Ramon is a levelheaded man, but it seems as if the dove has come to him for a special reason: as a loving message from the other side.

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Woman and the Glacier
Audrius Stonys (LT/EE, 2016) 56'

A filmic ode to a woman’s choice to live in solitude. For 30 years, a Lithuanian scientist has been conducting climate research at the Tuyuksu Glacier in Kazakhstan.

The Lithuanian scientist Aušra Revutaite has spent 30 years in the Tian Shan mountain range in Central Asia, straddling the borders between Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and the autonomous Chinese region of Xinjiang. Some 3,500 meters above sea level with only her faithful dog and gray cat for company, she studies climate change on the Tuyuksu Glacier at an old Soviet-era research station. She loves the solitude and silence that her painstaking work brings her.

Magnificent shots of her surroundings and everyday work are interspersed with archive footage of the people who preceded her by a century. Not much seems to have changed. We see dripping, melting ice in imposing caves, streams flowing through desolate mountain passes, and Revutaite’s pets, playing together almost in silence. Living with Revutaite in the solitude she has chosen for herself, the two animals only have each other. The solemn silence of the mountains is punctuated sparingly by the music of a man far, far below, playing a traditional instrument.

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