A young anthropologist Zdenka moves with her husband and three sons to Svalbard, Norway, to study how life is changing in Polar Regions. She has received a prestigious two-year grant to carry out extensive research on the impact of globalization on the inhabitants of the world’s northernmost town, Longyearbyen. After falling in love with her new home, Zdenka discovers that more than icebergs and permafrost are vanishing in the Arctic. Through interviews with residents, she begins to perceive how heterogeneous the small local community actually is, while also revealing tensions that lie beneath the surface.
Veronika Liškova was born in Prague in 1982. She graduated in cultural studies from Charles University and screenwriting and dramatics from the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. She made a few TV documentaries before completing a feature-length debut entitled Daniel’s World, premiered at the Berlinale Festival in 2015. For several years, Veronika headed the Ex Oriente Film Workshop at the Institute of Documentary Film and was employed as a curator and acquisition manager at DAFilms. While working on her fictional debut The Year of the Widow, Veronika cooperates with various documentary training schemes and media markets.
FESTIVALS AND AWARDS
One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival – Best Czech Film
THE VISITORS (doc.)
DIRECTOR: Veronika Lišková
COUNTRY: Czechia, Norway, Slovakia
LANGUAGE: Norwegian, English, Czech
PRODUCTION: Cinémotif Films