IDFA at Home: Polaris
Ainara Vera / FR, GL, 2022 / 78 min.
From November 10 to 20, every day between 18:00 and 23:00, you can watch a film from IDFA's Best of the Fest or Masters programme online in our virtual cinema. You buy your ticket as usual, the PDF ticket you receive contains the link to the online cinema. Tonight, 18 November: Polaris.
While Hayat captains her sailboat, navigating among the ice floes of the Arctic Ocean, back in France her younger sister Leila brings a new daughter into the world. With a keen feeling for atmosphere and metaphor, this documentary sketches the lives of the two sisters, who see this birth as an opportunity to break the cycle of their family history.
Distance is what characterizes the relationship between the two sisters, who are each other’s opposites in many ways. Their brief phone conversations are separated by long periods with no reception. But there is also a tangible intimacy between them that cuts through that sense of distance; a sense of a shared past where they could depend only on each other—their mother was an alcoholic and their father was absent—and a present where it looks like patterns may be repeating.
The film seldom shows the sisters and newborn Inaya with other people, situating them instead—emphatically—in their own, frequently symbolic, surroundings. They, too, are like boats navigating their way among the currents and obstacles that stubbornly threaten to push them in the wrong direction.
Between 18:00 and 23:00, you can start the film whenever it suits you, the film is then available for 4 hours. For example, if you start the film at 22:59, you can watch until 02:59.
Documentary lovers, keep 9 through 20 November free in your calendar. The International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam presents its 35th edition in cinemas throughout Amsterdam, including several special programmes in Eye.
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