118 DAYS IN CAPTIVITY OF ICE
Slovakia / 1998 / 56'
The film documents a Slovakian expedition crossing the North Pole glaciers reached after a long, difficult and dramatic march with sledges drawn by dogs. The expedition crosses the islands of Greenland on the outward journey and returns by the way of the Canadian archipelago which is no less difficult and dangerous. It is impossible to distinguish between the glaciers, water and land which causes serious psychological, as well as physical, fatigue. The scenes not only stress the geographical, morphological and zoological features of the Arctic regions, but especially the human element: the difficult test the conquerors of the Pole face with determination, the accidents on the way, the adaptation to the eternal twilight, the struggle with the elements and the extreme physical effort.
Pavol Bàrabaš graduated from the Slovak University of Technology. He has worked as an cameraman and director for SportFilm, advertising agency Erpo and for K2 Studio. He has made television commercials and numerous mountain films in which he documents the lives of people living in extreme conditions. He has also made ski-training videos and promotional films for the Tatra Mountains and the Caucasus. His work has won a range of awards at Slovakia’s Poprad Festival. In 1999, he won the Gran Premio “Città di Trento” for his film “118 Days in Captivity of Ice”. He has also entered a range of other films at the festival.