Switzerland, Germany, Chile | 2012 | 91 min
Languages : English, Russian, Spanish
Subtitle : English
This is a story of the encounter of two filmmakers: one, the prizewinning Russian documentary filmmaker Victor Kossakovsky, is in the middle of shooting his newest film, ¡Vivan las Antipodas! – the final film of this year’s festival. The other is the Chilean Carlos Klein (Tierra de agua, VdR 2004), who created this film about himself and Kossakovsky.
Kossakovsky had actually only requested Klein’s help to look for film locations in Patagonia, but it is precisely there that Klein discovered, years ago, that he himself wanted to make films. Now the passionate, even driven, Kossakovsky helps Klein overcome his present creative crisis by allowing Klein to film him at work as he – with a spade in his hand, if necessary – alters the reality seen by the camera to fit his ideas, welcomes magical moments and ultimately always uses his own emotions as a guide.
With quiet perseverance, Klein rediscovers his own path to filmmaking in the conflict and slipstream of the bear-like Kossakovsky, as Where the Condors Fly demonstrates so convincingly.
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