ThuleTuvalu (Switzerland)
April 24 May 2 2020



  • Matthias von Gunten


Rasmus and Patrick live poles apart: one in Thule, Greenland, one of the northernmost places on the earth, and the other in Tuvalu, the tiny polynesian island-state. Despite living on opposite sides of the globe, they both view the sea as their main source of subsistence. However, the slow and relentless melting of the icecaps and the ensuing rise in sea level will force them to rethink their age-old livelihood strategy and change their way of life. Vevea, another inhabitant of Tuvalu and father of 21 children, does not want to know about: he just cannot believe that the earth beneath his feet will disappear. But that is the reality of it, one day the island will be completely submerged by the sea. As for the fishermen in Tuvalu, the people on Thule will have to come up with new hunting techniques once the ice has become but a distant memory. Director Matthias von Gunten brings diametrically opposite worlds together in a simple, yet confident and effective style, whose strength lies in the calibrated orchestration of parallel editing.
Manuela Ruggeri
Length: 96'
Country: Switzerland
Year: 2014
Language(s): Inuktitut, English, Inuktitut, Tuvalu
Premiere status at VdR: World Premiere
VdR edition : 2014
VdR award(s) : Sesterce d'argent SRG SSR, Meilleur film suisse toutes sections confondues 2014


Simon Hesse
Valentin Greutert  (HesseGreutert Film)
Matthias von Gunten
Simon Hesse  (HesseGreutert Film)
Matthias von Gunten  (ODYSSEEFILM)

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Language(s):  Inuktitut, English, Inuktitut, Tuvalu
Subtitles:  French, English, French
  • Sunday 27 April 2014
  • 17:00
  • Monday 28 April 2014
  • 14:00