“Chasing Ice” & “Barbara” Films To Screen

February 13, 2013

A documentary film about climate change that has won 23 festival awards, and a Cold War drama  will screen at the Weekend Film Series on Sunday February 17. Chasing Ice will screen at 3 p.m., while Barbara will screen at 5.15 p.m.

Chasing Ice was featured at Bermuda Docs soon after its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Excellence in Cinematography Prize. Since then, it has won 23 festival awards, including nine Audience Choice prizes, and is currently in theatres in the United States.

“The film sold out at Bermuda Docs, but we were unable to screen it again because it was in the midst of changing distributors,” said Duncan Hall, programming director for the Weekend Film Series. “It has had a great festival run, and I am delighted to bring the film back to Bermuda.”

This stunningly beautiful documentary by filmmaker Jeff Orlowski follows National Geographic photographer James Balog – once a climate-change skeptic – as he brings to life the Extreme Ice Survey (EIS), a massive photography project utilising 30 cameras across three continents to gather visual evidence of the Earth’s melting glaciers.

Chasing Ice tells the story of this visionary artist and his band of adventurers as they bequeath the magic of photography and the thrill of expedition to a new generation while capturing the most visible signs of climate change on the planet today. These hauntingly beautiful videos compress years into seconds and document ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at an alarming rate.

Part adventure, part environmental activism, and full of gorgeous photography unlike anything seen before, Chasing Ice is a one-of-a-kind documentary that both celebrates the beauty of our world and raises important issues of what is happening to it.

Barbara, the latest film from Christian Petzold (Yella, Jerichow) is a simmering, impeccably crafted Cold War drama, starring the gifted Nina Hoss — in her fifth lead role for the director — as a Berlin doctor banished to a rural East German hospital as punishment for applying for an exit visa.

As her lover from the West carefully plots her escape, Barbara waits patiently and avoids friendships with her colleagues — except for Andre (Ronald Zehrfeld) the hospital’s head physician, who is warmly attentive to her. But even as she finds herself falling for him, Barbara still cannot be sure that Andre is not a spy.

As her defensive wall slowly starts to crumble, she is eventually forced to make a profound decision about her future. A film of glancing moments and dangerous secrets, Barbara is an engrossing study of love and loyalties.

The film was Germany’s submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award®, was one of six films nominated for Film of the Year at the European Film Awards, and is in theatrical release in more than 40 countries.

Both films are rated PG-13. Tickets are on sale now at the Oceans Gift Shop at the BUEI, or by calling 297-7314.

The ‘Weekend Film Series’, sponsored by Gosling’s, is a joint production of Bermuda Documentary Film Festival director Duncan Hall and the BUEI.

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