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Melting Souls

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ENGLISH SYNOPSIS

Atmospheric and wryly observant, MELTING SOULS captures the dismal poetry of one of the most isolated and toxic cities on Earth.

Sited well above the Arctic Circle, Norilsk is a “city of science fiction”—a hellish industrial landscape in an otherwise barren tundra. Joseph Stalin developed the area to mine its natural resources and to house a virtually inescapable gulag. Today, industrial waste spews from the factories in what has become an otherworldly metropolitan area locked in the middle of an icy nowhere. Although Norilsk’s forced labor camp closed in 1956, most residents still can do little more than dream of leaving for Moscow’s sunnier climes. Hemmed in by limited economic opportunity, a stagnant real estate market, and thousands of kilometers of inhospitable terrain, the city’s inhabitants are stuck in a “vortex town.” But life in Norilsk isn’t without beauty; its bored residents dance, transform decaying industrial architecture into makeshift recreational facilities, and translate factory noise into pulsing music.



SYNOPSIS FRANCAIS

Norilsk, l'Etreinte de Glace

Isolée du chaos de l'humanité par un continent de glace, Norilsk est une ville fermée, interdite aux étrangers. Plus grande ville au Nord du monde, elle est aussi l'une des plus polluées de la planète. Norilsk Nickel, le premier producteur de cuivre et de nickel, la contrôle depuis son émergence sur les cendres du goulag. 180 000 personnes y vivent dans des conditions extrêmes : l'hiver dure neuf mois et les températures descendent jusqu'à -60°C. Ancré dans leur quotidien extraordinaire, le film dresse le portrait poétique d'une ville impossible d'où chacun cherche, à sa manière, à s'échapper.

FESTIVALS

Lund International Architecture Film Festival – octobre 2018 – Suède – Prix ArchilmLund pour le meilleur documentaire
FIPA – 24 et 26 janvier 2018 – sélection officielle Compétition nationale - France
Full Frame Documentary Film Festival – april 2018 – official selection New Docs – USA
DOK.fest München – mai 2018 – official selection DOK.international – Germany
Etonnants Voyageurs – mai 2018 – France
Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam – octobre 2018 – Pays-Bas

Format
16:9 - HD
Category
Architecture - Discovery - Environment
Year of Production
2018
Tag Words
City - Climate - Copper - Discovery - Environment - History - Industry - Nickel - Pollution - Russia - Snow - Toxic - urban - Urbanism; Architecture - Winter

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