What’s On

SAT 06 SEPT – ‘Vivan Las Antipodas’ (U)

In Collaboration with Orkney International Science Festival


Doors open 7:15 for a 7:45 start

£5/£3 under 16

What would be the shortest route between Entre Ros in Argentina and the Chinese metropolis Shanghai? Simply a straight line through the center of the earth, since the two places are antipodes: they are located diametrically opposite to each other on the earth’s surface. During his visits to four such antipodal pairs, the award-winning documentary filmmaker Victor Kossakovsky captured images that turn our view of the world upside down. A beautiful, peaceful sunset in Entre Ros is contrasted with the bustling streets in rainy Shanghai. People who live in a wasteland are connected to people dwelling next to a volcano. Landscapes whose splendor touches the soul are juxtaposed with the clamor of a vast city. These antipodes seem mythically connected, somehow united by their oppositeness. Kossakovsky’s movie is a feast for the senses, a fascinating kaleidoscope of our planet. Vivan Las Antipodas! – Long Live The Antipodes!


Message to Man IDF St. Petersburg 2011 (Award for Best Full-Length Documentary)

True / False FF 2012 (True Vision Award)

Guadalajara IFF 2012 (Award for Best Iberoamerican Documentary)

Thessaloniki IDF 2012 (WWF Award for the Best Film in the Habitat Section )

Trento IFF 2012 (Golden Gentian – City of Trento Grand Prize in Int. Comp.)

Silverdocs IDF 2012 (Cinematic Vision Award)

VOICES2012 (Vologda Independent Cinema from European Screens)

Cervino CineMountain FF Aosta 2012 (Ecomountain Award)

Reykjavik IFF 2012 (Environment Award)

Yekaterinburg 2012 (Grand Prix)

German Camera Award 2012 in the category Documentary

Nominated for European Film Academy Documentary 2011 – Prix ARTE

SAT 27 SEPT – ‘Return Of The Far Fur Country’ (U)

Doors open 7:15 for a 7:45 start.

£5/£3 under 16

As a prelude to the 2013 John Rae 200 conference held in Stromness, West Side Cinema brought filmmaker Chris Nikkel and his work in progress feature film to Orkney. This year, we welcome Chris back again with the finished film.

In 1919 an ambitious film crew, commissioned by the Hudson’s Bay Company, set off on a coast-to-coast journey in order to chronicle Canada’s vast wildness. For over six months they filmed a country populated by Aboriginal and Inuit trappers, Scottish fur traders and the families that lived in the shadow of one of the oldest corporations on earth.

The completed film premiered across Western Canada and in London and played to packed houses. One Canadian newspaper said the film showed “Scenes Never Shown Anywhere Before”. But then the film faded from view. By the mid-1950s, the footage – more than 20 reels in mismatched order – was given to the National Film Archive, what would become the British Film Institute Archive, for safe keeping.

Forgotten for decades, in 2011 the footage made it’s way back to the Hudson’s Bay Film Archives. Filmmaking brothers Kevin and Chris Nikkel chronicled this journey as well as organising a tour of screenings to the communities that feature in the footage.

West Side Cinema is delighted to welcome Chris Nikkel back to Stromness to screen the finished film ‘The Return of the Far Fur Country’, as well as talking about the story of the film, it’s journey through time and recent screenings in Canada.


One thought on “What’s On

  1. Stephane Jaeger-Rouse says:

    Great choice of films; can you add us to your emailing list?

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