The White Planet
Official film description
Filmmakers Thierry Piantanida, Thierry Ragobert, and Jean Lemire explore the complex ecosystem of the Arctic in a fascinating documentary that proves the vast frozen north is much, much more than just ice and snow. The film show us the lives of polar bears, Arctic foxes, and caribou herds that move across the blinding white surface of the land and the massive Beluga whales that navigate the icy waters below.
Piantanida, Ragobert, and Lemire's film seeks not to examine one particular life form, but rather to develop our understanding of how life thrives in an uninviting terrain by documenting all four seasons in the Artic. A breathtaking look at the aurora borealis boasts nature's beauty that few who live outside of this region may have experienced, and a thoughtful meditation on the ebb and flow of life there reveals a remarkable array of life-forms that could well rival the Galápagos in terms of ecological diversity.
Technical information and screening rights...
|Director(s):||Thierry Ragobert, Jean Lemire, Thierry Piantanida|
|Script:||Thierry Piantanida, Stéphane Millière|
|Production:||Jean Lemire, Stéphane Millière, Jean Labadie|
|Our age recommendation:||6|
|Language (audio):||German, French, English|
|Country of origin:||Canada, France|
|Shooting Locations:||Canada, Russia, Greenland|
|Screening rights:||Filmcoopi Zürich AG (Switzerland)|
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Fascinating images, breathtaking scenes! – Tages-Anzeiger
"The White Planet" catches the magic of the arctic universe. The filmmakers succedeed in making extraordinary recordings.. Comments are restrained giving great images the chance to speak on their own. – Blick
A spectacular documentary about the wonders and secrets high up in the North. – Tele
Breathtaking wildlife documentary heavily disfigured by a banal, anthropomorphising commentary – The New Zealand Herald
Miraculously fluid, always classy camerawork accompanies the flow of seasons. Although the narrator’s first-person voice adds to the experience, nothing is overtly instructional or over-explained. The mystery remains intact. If anything, Bruno Coulais’ choral score is often too emphatic; there’s quite enough majesty already in the imagery. – Variety
It's a plea for those animals in danger of vanishing due to climate change. The commentator knows when to make way for the amazing beauty of that fading planet. – Telerama
An extraordinary documentary because it – in contrast to films like "The Marche of the Penguins" – does not concentrate on one single species but is interested in the whole flora and fauna. "The White Planet" follows a simple goal: to let us live a complete year in the Arctic. – Le Parisien
Thierry Ragobert and Thierry Piantanida let us live four season on the icy and hospitable continent in rhythm with the animals living there. Superb landscapes, spectacular images. – Le Figaro
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