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On the Ice

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Original title
On the Ice
Year
Running time
96 min.
Country
United States United States
Director
Screenwriter
Andrew Okpeaha MacLean
Music
iZLER
Cinematography
Lol Crawley
Cast
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Genre
Drama | Independent Film (US)
Official Site
http://www.ontheicethemovie.com/
Synopsis / Plot
In the isolated, frozen town of Barrow, Alaska, Iñupiaq teenagers Qalli and Aivaaq have grown up like brothers in a tight-knit community defined as much by ancient traditions as by hip-hop and snowmobiles. Early one morning, on a seal hunt with their friend James, a tussle turns violent, and James is killed. Panic stricken, terrified, and with no one to blame but themselves, Qalli and Aivaaq lie and declare the death a tragic accident. As Barrow roils with grief and his protective father becomes suspicious, Qalli stumbles through guilt-filled days, wrestling with his part in the death. For the first time in his life, he’s treading alone on existential ice.

In this utterly engrossing, suspenseful feature-film debut by award-winning short filmmaker Andrew Okpeaha MacLean, the snowy Arctic plains embody Qalli’s lost innocence, while the claustrophobic town mirrors his entrapment, as he trudges through layers of deceit and the gauntlet of how to be a friend and a man. (From Sundance.org)
Awards
2011: Berlin Film Festival: Best Debut Film
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