The film directed by Ivan Vdovin received one of the main awards of the Ischia Film Festival
“Voices from the Arctic” tells the journey of Russian designer, restaurateur, fashion designer and DJ Denis Simachev to the Far North. His goal is to record the “voices of the Arctic” – music tracks based on the folklore of local residents (Nenets, Khanty, Yukagirs, Yakuts …) There are three tales in the film, and in the finale Simachev plays a DJ set made up of recorded works (all of them included in the “Arctic” album). Filming took place in the Sakha Republic, as well as in the Nenets and Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Oblasts.
The film directed by Ivan Vdovin received one of the main awards at the Ischia Film Festival, held on the Italian island of Ischia from June 24 to July 1. The picture was awarded the “Best Feature Film” award in the “Location Denied” section (“It is impossible to determine the location”). Note that this happened despite the political situation and boycotts, due to which most of Russian films are denied access to major international festivals. Reportedly, the jury especially liked the beauty of the Russian North nature. And also the fact that “the authors of the film made it possible for others to see how people live and maintain national traditions in such difficult conditions, being cut off from civilization”.
The authors also report that “during the expedition, the film crew traveled 50,000 kilometers, made 24 flights in airplanes and helicopters, and visited places where the usual temperature is -60°C. The weight of the equipment carried by the film crew was 1 ton. The film was shot and edited in record time: in just 3 months. The film was released in Russian distribution on June 9, 2022. Director Ivan Vdovin hopes that now even more viewers will want to see it.