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Unsupported, by fair means, by their own strength.


Big nail - that is the Inuit word for North Pole, the axis around which the Earth revolves. This imaginary point has attracted brave polar explorers as a powerful magnet. Crossing the Arctic Ocean from Russia to Canada through the North Pole remained the last, almost impossible dream of Arctic explorers for many years after the North Pole was conquered by humans. Reinhold Mesner called it the last great challenge of this millennium. This film presents an authentic story of four Slovak and Russian polar explorers who tried to make this dream come true, using only their own strength and without any aircraft support. The expedition started from the Severnaya Zemlya, a place well known for an abundance of polar bears and strong drift which were the cause of several dramatic events. The North Pole was reached after 75 days on May 8, 1998. From that moment on, the expedition fought with continuous return drift, large areas of open water and extreme weather fluctuations. The documentary film “118 DAYS IN CAPTIVITY OF ICE“ will draw you into as unbelievable a story as the life of polar explorers can offer.

"You cannot subdue the Arctic, but you can adapt to it and thus have a change to succeed."

Peter Valušiak

Script, editing, director: Pavol Barabáš,
Photography: Ivan Kužilevský,
Music: Víťazoslav Kubička,
Length: 56 minutes,
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Format: 4.3
Sound: 2.0.

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GRAND PRIZE - Poprad, Slovak Republic, 1998
GRAND PRIZE - Vancouver, Canada, 1999
GRAND PRIZE - Trento, Italy, 1999
GRAND PRIZE -Teplice nad Metují, Czech Republic, 1999
GRAND PRIZE - Trojan, Bulgaria, 2000
1st prize in the “Adventure and extreme sport films” category - Ostrava, Czech Republic, 2003
Best expedition film - Autrans, France, 1998
Best adventure film - Santander, Spain, 1998
Best film on Mountain Sport - Banff, Canada, 1999
Best adventure film - Graz, Austria, 1999
Best adventure film - Coppenhagen, Denmark, 2000
Extreme Prize - Toulon, France, 1999
Prize of the Planet - Toulon, France, 1999
Prize for Direction - FICTS, Milan, Italy, 1999
Slovak film critics prize - Slovak Republic, 2000
Jury Award - Poprad, Slovak Republic, 1998
Public prize - Poprad, Slovak Republic, 1998
Kodak Award - Poprad, Slovak Republic, 1998

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