Thursday, March 12, 2015

"The Expedition to the End of the World": A Danish crew takes a schooner to the Greenland coast

The Expedition to the End of the World” (“Ekspeditionen til verdens ende”) is a gorgeous 90-minute meditation by Daniel Dencik, presenting a spectacular journey by three-mast schooner to the area of northeast Greenland, in summer, during the short time it is completely ice free.
A cast of about ten artists and scientists from Denmark go on the journey, and go on various hikes and little adventures (like gliding).  They do comment on global warming but sound like it is inevitable. Most of the scenery is near water and is based at low altitude, but the surrounding mountains appear to have snow down to about 2000 feet.
The photography is sharp and, quite simply, spectacular, and as good on this ordinary DVD as BluRay.  There’s a curious scene with a mystery red cabin on the cliffs.
The DVD (from Virgil) does not have breakdown by scenes.  When you load it, it simply plays.  The original distributor was Argot.
The official site is here  and it has many more stills from the film.
I’m reminded of the 1997 thriller “Smilla’s Sense of Snow” that has a subplot in Greenland.

Wikipedia attribution link for topographical map of Greenland, by “Skew-t”, under Creative Commons 3.0 Share-Alike License. 

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