What would you do if you were 16, lived in the remotest village in the world, and were the only teenager? What would you do if your biological father lived next door, yet never acknowledged your existence? Well, Lars is surprisingly upbeat about it. Welcome to the world of high-speed internet and door to door sewage collection, of polar bear hunts, and the summer dips in the melting ocean. Sarah Gavron (Brick Lane) spent a year in Greenland, and delivered this extraordinary documentary.
Filmmakers: Sarah Gavron and David Katznelson
Runtime: 76 mins
★★★★ "This beautiful documentary discreetly examines how tradition and progress are harnessed" Empire Magazine
London Film Festival - Documentary Competition - 2012
Glasgow Film Festival - Winner of "Doc of the Fest" - 2012
True/False, USA - 2013
One World Film Festval, Czech Republic - Winner of "Czech Radio Award" - 2013
Lars is the only teenager in town who, in a community of hunters doesn't want to hunt. Niaqornat in North West Greenland has a population of 59, if the population falls below 50 then the village loses its Danish subsidies and there is a danger of the entire village being relocated to the nearest town. Whilst the rest of the community pull together to try and re-open the fish-factory, Lars begins to plan his escape.
Like all villages, Niaqornat has its supporters and detractors amongst the local populace. For some it is paradise, they can’t imagine living anywhere else, for others it’s the last place on earth they want to be. For most Niaqornat is simply home. We know that there are very real pressures on a place like this – the ice is melting, the government no longer wants to subsidise the supply ship that brings the food that can’t be hunted locally, and people are leaving due to the lack of work. Ultimately Village At The End Of The World is a film that reflects the dilemmas of most small communities all over the world, this one just happens to be in one of the remotest spots on earth.
David Katznelson is a cinematography graduate of London’s National Film & Television School. Prior to studying, he worked in the Danish film industry in Copenhagen, where he grew up. Last year, David received an EMMY and RTS Award for his work on critically acclaimed and wildly popular TV series, Downton Abbey, as well as earning nominations from BAFTA and the ASC. He also won a BAFTA award for Best Cinematography for his work on the BBC film, Shoot the Messenger, in 2007. Notable film and television projects include In Fear, directed by Jeremy Lovering for Film Four and Studio Canal; Driving Lessons, for director Jeremy Brock and starring Laura Linney, Julie Walters and Rupert Grint; the award-winning Danish feature film, Hold Me Tight; The Night Watch, directed by Richard Laxton for the BBC, which earned him a BSC Best Cinematography nomination; Miss Austen Regrets, with director Jeremy Lovering for the BBC: and the Sarah Gavron directed film, This Little Life, starring Peter Mullan. In 2002 he was nominated for an RTS Award for the documentary, Arctic Crime and punishment. David has shot a number of commercials and an array of award-winning short films, as well as 2nd unit Director of Photography on films such as Shekar Kapur’s Elizabeth: The Golden Age; and Sarah Gavron’s Brick Lane.
Sarah's feature debut is Brick Lane which earned her a BAFTA nomination for The Carl Foreman Award and the New Talent Award at the London Film Festival. Prior to this Sarah's first full length drama, the Dennis Potter Award winning, This Little Life for BBC TV, won her the (TV) BAFTA for Best New Director, the Royal TV Society and Women in Film and TV Award for Best Newcomer. Sarah was selected as one of Variety's ten directors to watch at the Sundance International Film Festival. While training at the NFTS and after Sarah has made many short films which have screened internationally and won major awards. Sarah was nominated for the Douglas Hickox award for Best Debut Director in the British Independent Film Awards. Sarah is currently developing a feature film about the Suffragettes with Film Four and Focus. She is represented by Casarotto.