Call of the Ice
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Film Info
Section:The Great Outdoors
Running Time:99 min.
Director:Mike Magidson
Xavier Liberman
Producer:Caroline Broussaud
Phillip Molins
Screenwriter:Mike Magidson
Cinematographer:Xavier Liberman
Mike Magidson
Editor:Delphine Bajraktaraj Cohen
Mike Magidson
Note Writer:Lucy Laird

One hundred years after Robert Flaherty’s Nanook of the North, intrepid co-director Mike Magidson makes a Nanook out of himself, undertaking a quest to learn from and live like an Inuit hunter over several weeks on the ice. Unlike Flaherty, Magidson has strong ties to his destination—in Greenland, 300 miles north of the Arctic Circle—where he has shot three films over the past 15 years. There he reunites with his friend and mentor, Unartoq of Uummannaq, and begins his training before heading out, solo, on the ice. Can this Californian-Parisian control a pack of half-wild huskies, cut and bait a fishing hole, shoot a seal, juggle his cameras, and get back to his hut without succumbing to Silla’s (the weather god) malevolence or the early climate change-induced melt? Sometimes bumbling and endearing, Magidson keeps the focus on the intensity of survival, the beauty of the landscape, the wisdom of a community and the rewards of the hunt.

In Person: Director Mike Magidson

Additional Information

Born at the height of the the 1967 Summer of Love, Mike Magidson grew up in a family of musicians and performers outside of San Francisco. After earning a degree in political science and international relations from the University of California, Magidson set off to Los Angeles, where he began to dream of a career as a filmmaker. In 1992 he moved to Paris, where he gained experience editing for such reputable directors as Antoine de Maximy, Gilles Santantonio, Pan Nalin and Jean-Michel Carré. In 1998 he borrowed a friend's camera and made his first award-winning documentary, Kanada. Since then, he has written and directed over 30 films, including his first narrative feature, Inuk, winner of more than 25 international awards.