Days in Antarctica

Brazilian scientists traveled to the frozen continent of Antarctica searching for our ancestors. Their cameras told these 70 days of work, despite the cold and tightness of living space where each one could film each other.

  • Simone Mesquita
    Director
    Cuba between Sol & Luz St., A Modern Dog, Delirium
  • Reinel García Pérez
    Director
  • Simone Mesquita
    Writer
    Cuba between Sol & Luz St., A Modern Dog, Delirium
  • Reinel García Pérez
    Writer
  • Simone Mesquita
    Producer
    Cuba between Sol & Luz St., A Modern Dog, Delirium
  • Reinel García Pérez
    Producer
  • Alexander Kellner
    Key Cast
    "Himself & Cameraman"
  • Douglas Riff
    Key Cast
    "Himself & Cameraman"
  • Juliana Manso
    Key Cast
    "Herself & Camera"
  • Luiz Weinschutz
    Key Cast
    "Himself & Cameraman"
  • Rodrigo Figueiredo
    Key Cast
    "Himself & Cameraman"
  • Taissa Rodrigues
    Key Cast
    "Herself & Camera"
  • Edison Vandeira
    Key Cast
    "Himself & Cameraman"
  • Reinel García Pérez
    Editor
  • Luiz Lepchak
    Sound Editor
  • Tulio Borges
    Foley Artist
  • CLAP Studios
    Mixing
  • Daniel Vasquez ADSC
    Sound Mixing
  • Eduardo Gómez López
    Color Correction
  • Doc & Rio Festival Agency
    Festival Agent
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Dias Na Antártica
  • Project Type:
    Documentary
  • Genres:
    Adventure, Wildlife, Science
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 10 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    December 6, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Brazil
  • Country of Filming:
    Antarctica, Chile
  • Language:
    Portuguese
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    1.1.85
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Simone Mesquita, Reinel García Pérez

SIMONE MESQUITA
Brazil. Archaeologist, with PhD in Visual Studies (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro). She has offered consulting services for a 13-installment TV series, "Bom Dia Arqueologia" ("Good morning, Archaeology"), which features an unprecedented subject in Brazilian television. She has graduated in the “Masters of Documentary Filmmaking” on the International School of Cinema and TV of San Antonio de los Baños (EICTV) in 2017, Cuba, and also participated on three courses offered by this School - “Introduction to Screenplay”, "Introduction to Filmmaking" and “Documentary Filmmaking”.

REINEL GARCÍA PÉREZ

Cuba. Graduated in Audiovisual Communication from Instituto Superior de Arte, Film Production by the International School of Cinema and TV (EICTV) of San Antonio de los Baños, and the School of Cinema Darcy Ribeiro (ECDR) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He also attended the EURODOC Training Program 2016. He has a published book, How to be a bridge, a manual for film production. He teaches at the International School of Cinema and TV (EICTV) of San Antonio de los Baños, and the Hospital of Projects of the International Film Festival Lanterna Mágica. He was General Coordinator of Nuevas Miradas Lab EICTV in 2016 and Coordinator of the EICTV Production Chair in 2017.

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Director Statement

We assume this documentary as a challenge. Many colleagues would not miss the opportunity to go to Antarctica to film. It would be a memorable adventure because it is a restricted access land. We want to film what is to stay in such a place, with such a climate and the ever-present risk of losing lives. However, we want to narrate the experience without external intervention, without the pressure of having to construct narrative or objective premises, nor the dictatorship of the script. This is the difference from other documentaries on Antarctica. Since there are no authors during the filming, no one will tell the characters what to do. The only thing that matters to us is how these researchers felt and lived the place.

For us, it could not be otherwise. We should overcome the adventurous ego of filmmakers, and find the truth of this story. We know that doing it that way carries a risk to the film’s commercial strength and questions our positioning, but we believe that that is the only way to be sincere.