Based on the simplest of premises—if you could dig straight through to the other side of the Earth, where would you end up?—¡Vivan las Antípodas! may be the most visually ravishing film you will ever see. The film screened at this year's SXSW film festival.
Director/cameraman/editor Victor Kossakovsky presents an unforgettable film portrait of Earth, exploring four pairs of antipodes (places that are on the exact opposite side of the planet from each other). While a pair of toll collectors talks geopolitics and women by an isolated bridge in Entre Rios, Argentina, anonymous urban throngs crisscross the massive latticework of bridges and highways of Shanghai, China. Two people living alone—one in the vastness of the Chilean Patagonia, the other by the lambent beauty of Lake Baikal—share similar moments of solitude. A burning river of lava on the Big Island of Hawaii seems to transform into the skin of an elephant in Kubu, Botswana. And butterflies survive on lichen-covered rocks in Miraflores, Spain, while New Zealanders in Castle Point try to bury the colossal carcass of a beached whale.
About the Filmmaker
Born in St. Petersburg on July 19, 1961, Victor Kossakovsky made his directorial debut with Losev in 1989. In 1992 he had his breakthrough with The Belovs, followed by Wednesday 19.7.1961 (1997), Pavel and Lyalya (1998), and the subsequent trilogy I Loved You (2000). More recently, Kossakovsky has made a mark with Tishe! (2003) and Svyato (2006). He has received more than 100 national and international prizes for his films.