A Moon of Nickel and Ice, Open City Documentary Festival
François Jacob / 2017 / Canada / 110'


The mining town of Norilsk sits in the heart of the Siberian Arctic, huddled behind its wind walls and bathed in the billowing smoke and sulfur of its mills and factories. Originally built by Gulag prisoners under Stalin, Norilsk remains a bleak and mysterious place, forever haunted by the suffering of its history. Whereas nickel miners ponder the lost Soviet comradeship and teenagers dream only of escape, theatre artists and descendants of the Gulag prisoners seek to finally shed light on Norilsk's dark past, long since buried under censorship and the town’s frozen ground.

With poetic imagery contrasting the unworldly Siberian landscapes and dark industrial mining sites, the film weaves a fascinating tale of a secretive outpost that until now has been closed to foreign visitors.

A Q&A with director François Jacob will follow the screening.

A Moon of Nickel and Ice + Q&A

Sunday, September 10, 2017 - 15:00
£12.50, concs £10
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Production Company

Les Films Camera Oscura