Ice and the Sky

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France | 2015 | 89 minutes | Luc Jacquet

Oscar®-winning director Luc Jacquet (March of the Penguins) returns to Antarctica, this time with explorer and glaciologist Claude Lorius, to explore humanity's effect on the climate of the planet through air bubbles containing millennia-old clues.

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Luc Jacquet, director of the smash hit and Oscar®-winning documentary March of the Penguins, returns to Antarctica, but this time he's concerned with no less than the history of humanity's effect on Mother Earth, seen through the eyes of explorer and glaciologist Claude Lorius. In 1956, 23-year-old Lorius first set foot at the bottom of the world on a scientific expedition that would last two years. In a land previously untouched by scientific experiments, Lorius took samples from deep in the ice and learned that each air bubble was, as he puts it, a tiny capsule of "atmospheric fossils that have traversed time." Through this discovery he was able to study the history of Earth's climate dating back millennia, and concluded that our planet was warming at a dangerous rate heretofore unseen. Ice and the Sky details Lorius' expansive work in climate-change science through a wealth of 8mm footage Lorius and his colleagues shot during their expeditions, plus new footage that finds the adventurer, now 82, returning to the icy locations that stoked his intellectual pursuits 60 years earlier. This is the story of a lifetime devoted to pursuing the vital secrets of existence hidden at the heart of a frozen world.

Director Biography
Luc Jacquet is a French film director and screenwriter. He wrote and directed March of the Penguins (SIFF 2005), which won an Oscar® that year for best documentary feature. Jacquet's Once Upon a Forest, about the Amazon basin, was shown at SIFF 2014.

Sponsored by Alliance Française de Seattle, French American Cultural Society, French Immersion School of Washington, The French American School of Puget Sound, TV5MONDE

  • Original Language Title: La Glace et le ciel
  • Director: Luc Jacquet
  • Principal Cast: Claude Lorius
  • Country: France
  • Year: 2015
  • Running Time: 89 minutes
  • Producer: Richard Grandpierre
  • Screenplay: Luc Jacquet
  • Cinematographers: Stéphane Martin
  • Editors: Stéphane Mazalaigue
  • Music: Cyrille Aufort
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Awards: Bergen International Film Festival 2015 (University of Bergen’s Gulluglen Award)
  • Filmography: Once Upon a Forest (2013); The Fox and the Child (2007); March of the Penguins (2005)
  • Language: English
  • Format: DCP
  • US Distributor: Music Box Films
  • International Sales: Wild Bunch