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Arctic Rated 12A


Dir. Joe Penna. Iceland, 2018. 1h 38m. Danish/subs. Starring Mads Mikkelsen, Maria Thelma Smáradóttir.

A plane crash leaves a pilot stranded alone in the icy wilderness of the Arctic. He tries to keep warm, catches fish, and dutifully tends to his SOS sign. He’s eventually spotted by a rescue helicopter, but an unfortunate incident leads to his chances of survival becoming worse. Beautifully shot and with very little dialogue, a suitably weatherbeaten Mads Mikelsson gives a force of nature performance in this minimalist survival thriller.

‘Arctic requires a Zen mindset to get the most out of it, but those who can will feel invigorated by pure craft.’ ★★★★ Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out

‘This hellishly cold portrait of human endurance claws ahead of the pack and never looks back.’ ★★★★ David Ehrlich, IndieWire