Queen without Land
NO, 2018, 70 min, English OV
Directed by: Asgeir Helgestad
with filmmaker Asgeir Helgestad
Austrian Biologist Association
Multi-award winning Queen without Land is an epic and sensitive story about the meeting of Frost, a beautiful polar bear mum, and Asgeir Helgestad, a Norwegian wildlife filmmaker. During a four-year journey, since their first encounter in 2013 at Frost’s Arctic home on Svalbard, Asgeir follows the bear as she struggles to survive and raise her cubs with her home melting away under her feet.
The reduction of sea ice makes it difficult for Frost to hunt, as well as for Asgeir to find her again. The rising temperatures affect all life in the Arctic. Together with the ice disappear ice algae, fish, seabirds, enormous blue whales, seals and bears. Yet, the dazzling beauty of the Arctic is still enchanting. Vast landscapes, unforgettable light and all forms of life from microscopic algae to huge walruses come together to accentuate an unprecedented struggle for survival.
With feelings alternating continually between hope and despair for Frost and her small cubs, Queen without Land explores the question: This planet is home to all of us, can we afford to ignore it?