On the Ice

On the Ice
  • 2011
  • USA
  • 1h 36min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Andrew Okpeaha Maclean
  • Cast: Frank Qutuq Irelan, John Miller, Josiah Patkotak, Adamina Kerr

A tragedy occurs among the inhabitants of Barrow, Alaska and, as time progresses, two young men find it hard to hide their guilt.

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One of the hottest titles at Sundance and Berlin in 2011 was this impressive, prize- winning debut from writer-director Andrew Okpeaha Maclean. Set in the freezing seclusion of northern Alaska, it has echoes of Lee Tamahori's Once Were Warriors in its evocative tale of a small town rocked by the unexpected death of a young man in a seemingly tragic hunting accident. Teenagers Qalli and Aivaaq were on a seal hunt with the boy and only they know the truth of what happened. In a claustrophobic, small community, can there ever be closely guarded secrets or will the guilty truth force its way to the surface? A powerful tale of loss and regret set in an unforgettable snowy landscape. Part of Glasgow Film Festival 2012: The Edge of the World.

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