Queen Without Land (Dronning uten land)

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Film Info
Festival Encore
Running Time:70 min.
Director:Asgeir Helgestad
Producer:Asgeir Helgestad
Screenwriter:Anne Elvedal
Asgeir Helgestad
Cinematographer:Asgeir Helgestad
Note Writer:Leah LoSchiavo


Screening note: This digital screening is available to view until 11:59pm PT on Sunday, October 25, and is available to ticket buyers and passholders within the United States.


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The majestic landscape of Svalbard, a Norwegian archipelago in the Arctic Ocean, is home to gentle Frost, a polar bear mother, and her romping, rambunctious cubs, captured in affectionate and intimate detail by wildlife photographer and filmmaker Asgeir Helgestad. Over the course of four years, Helgestad tracks and documents the lives of the bears, as well as native foxes, reindeer, seals, walrus, birds, and blue whales—a breathtaking and beautiful ecosystem imminently impacted by rising temperatures and glaciers melting at record speed. Queen Without Land dramatically showcases this epic territory of towering mountains, narrow fjords, and flowering meadows, the dynamic wildlife that populates the land, and the myriad modern threats to its future.

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The Last Glaciers in Yosemite (4min) More

Additional Information

Asgeir Helgestad is an award-winning stills and film photographer, producer, and director from Norway. His love for nature and passion for capturing the perfect image shine through his work. How we treat this beautiful planet is always part of his projects. The vast landscapes of the Arctic, with its unique light and majestic animals, have captured his focus.

44' version My Journey with a Polar Bear also available from the Smithsonian Channel