Last Days of the Arctic

The famous Icelandic photographer RAX, who usually is behind the camera capturing what nearly belongs to the past, allows a glimpse behind the scenes of his life and work.

News

  • - “Last Days of the Arctic” at the Bergen International Filmfestival

    Our production “Last Days of the Arctic” will be screened at the Bergen International Filmfestival 2011. As a special event [...]

    Our production "Last Days of the Arctic" will be screened at the Bergen International Filmfestival 2011. As a special event accompanying the festival, photographs by the famous Icelandic photographer RAX will be on exhibition. The festival takes place from the 19th to the 26th of September 2011 in Bergen, Norway.

    Bergen International Filmfestival


  • - Ragnar Axelsson presenting "Last Days of the Arctic" at the Book Fair Frankfurt

    We are excited about the event presenting the Icelandic photographer from our documentary “Last Days of the Arctic” Ragnar Axelsson [...]

    We are excited about the event presenting the Icelandic photographer from our documentary "Last Days of the Arctic" Ragnar Axelsson at the Book Fair Frankfurt. The event was organized in a collaboration between Arte and the Knesebeck publishing house.

    Kristjan Jónasson (Icelandic Publishers Association) will discuss together with Ragnar Axelsson ("Last Days of the Arctic") about the unusual photographs from the Arctic in the book and movie. Excerpts from the documentary "Last Days of the Arctic" will be shown.

    The event takes place on Saturday, 15th of October 2011, between 4.00 pm and about 04.45 pm at the arte stall, Hall 3.1, Westfoyer.



  • - “Last Days of the Arctic” at the 53rd Nordic Film Days

    It is with great pleasure that we announce the screening of our production “Last Days of the Arctic” at the [...]

    It is with great pleasure that we announce the screening of our production "Last Days of the Arctic" at the 53rd Nordic Film Days in Lübeck, Germany. The festival takes place from the 2nd till the 6th of November 2011.

    53rd Nordic Film Days



Last Days of the Arctic

He is an adventurer. He loves the extreme, where the cold creeps in and people are struggling with nature in its most extreme form. Movements become strange and exaggerated; the body language is different. He is an excellent pilot, he rides horses, drives a 4×4 truck. He blends in with forgotten people like just another force of nature. He has found his diamond mine, capturing the faces of the North.  RAX is an Icelandic photographer introducing us to the LAST DAYS OF THE ARCTIC.

He is fascinated by stories of half-forgotten people such as the Inuit who have adapted to unspeakably harsh conditions, RAX is now documenting them as they cope with extreme changes to those conditions as the result of climate change. This film is a celebration of the photographer and his subjects. Last Days of the Arctic is an elegy for a disappearing landscape and the people who inhabit it.

In 2008 RAX’s photos were selected by the famous french photographer Gérard Rancinan on an exhibition where Baum and Mercier were honoring the masters of contemporary photography. RAX’s photos were on display side by side with Sebastiao Salgado, James Nachway, Nobuyoshi Araki and Mary Ellen Mark in Palais de Tokyo in Paris.   RAX is the recipient of the “Oskar Barnack Award” (2001) as a photographer who’s “powers of observation most vividly express man’s relationship to his environment”.

We are going to join RAX on his journey as he documents the fast vanishing lifestyles of the North. We are going to visit his friends, farmers in Iceland and the free spirit hunters of Greenland. RAX has tirelessly followed the lives of some of these people for the past twenty years.

This portrait of this documentary photographer is going to be 90 minutes, and the aim of the film is to portrait the human faces of climate change, through the eyes of RAX.

Director: Magnús Viðar Sigurðsson
Author/ Producer: Margrét Jónasdóttir
Photographs: Ragnar Axelsson
DOP: Arnar Þór Þórisson
Compositor: Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson
Editing: Jakob Halldórsson
Additional DOP: Ingvar Ágúst Þórisson, Friðþjófur Helgason, Hrafnhildur Gunnarsdottir
Aerial photographs: Jón Þór Víglundsson
Sound: Eiríkur Hilmisson, Ingólfur Sverrir Guðjónsson, Pétur Einarsson, Daníel Friðriksson
Post-production coordinator: Örn Sveinsson
Sounddesign: Nick CathCart - Jones
Color correction: Jóhannes Tryggvason
Graphics: Arnar Líndal Halldórsson, Leó Lúðvíksson
Media Import: Stefán Már Haraldsson
Musicians: Örn Eldjárn guitar, Eyjólfur Alfreðsson solo viola, Roland Hartwell solo violin
Archival footage: RÚV, Sigurður Grímsson, Sveinn M Sveinsson
Head of Finance: Guðný Guðjónsdóttir
Production assistant: Ingibjörg Ásmundsdóttir, Harpa Elísa Þórsdóttir
Producers: Magnus Vidar Sigurðsson, Kjartan Thor Thordarson, Margrét Jónasdóttir
Co-Producer: Christian Beetz

Koproduktion

  • Last Days of the Arctic

    BBC Four
    09 May 2011 at 9:00 pm

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    BBC Four
    13 May 2011 at 12:55 am

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    Odeon, Sheffield Doc/Fest - Sheffield, United Kingdom
    10 June 2011 at 12:45 am

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    Bio City 9, Nordisk Panorama Film Festival - Aarhus, Denmark
    24 September 2011 at 4:00 pm

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    Bio City 6, Nordisk Panorama Film Festival - Aarhus, Denmark
    27 September 2011 at 4:00 pm

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    Bergen Internasjonale Filmfestival - Bergen, Norway
    20 October 2011 at 6:00 pm

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    Kaohsiung City Music Hall, Kaohsiung Film Festival - Kaohsiung City, Taiwan
    27 October 2011 at 6:10 pm

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    Stadthalle - Lübeck, Germany
    02 November 2011 at 8:15 pm

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    Nivo Noord 1 & 2, Noordelijk Film Festival - Leeuwarden, The Netherlands
    11 November 2011 at 4:45 pm

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    Opera Nova, plus Camerimage - Bydgoszcz, Poland
    28 November 2011 at 9:30 am

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    arte
    23 December 2011 at 10:00 pm

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    arte
    06 January 2012 at 1:00 am

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    NDR
    15 February 2012 at 12:00 pm

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    Tonia Marketaki, Thessaloniki International Film Festival - Thessaloniki, Greece
    11 March 2012 at 8:30 pm

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    3sat
    23 April 2013 at 4:55 am

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    Gasteig, DOK.fest München - Munich, Germany
    10 May 2013 at 8:00 pm

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    HR
    27 April 2014 at 11:45 am

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    arte
    11 September 2014 at 2:10 am