Film Synopsis

"An Eskimo poem from frozen plains blends with technological prose of a polar expedition. The endless white space, folded by ice, remembers the millions of years of evolution and decades of our negative effect on the planet. Crude and bewitchingly beautiful Arctic as a place of magic blending of languages, traditions, sounds and worlds.  “The landscape is a symbol to be interpreted.” I. Radivojević"

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Title: Utuqaq

Length: 27 min

Genre: Experimental Documentary

Country of Origin: United States

Country of Filming: Arctic

Completion Date: 2020

Director: Iva Radivojević


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About the director, Iva Radivojevic

Iva Radivojevic was born in Belgrade and spent her early years in Yugoslavia and Cyprus. She is an artist and filmmaker who currently divides her time between subarctic Alaska, Brooklyn and Lesbos. Her work presents itself as a collection of fragments {observations,  poetry, images, sounds, melodies, languages}  which collage together to connect into a ruminating whole. The work circles around displacement and belonging, seeking to connect to the metaphysical or the magical. 

Iva's films have screened at NYFF, Rotterdam IFF, CPH:DOX, SXSW, DocLisboa, Museum of Modern Art (NYC), PBS and New York Times Op-Docs. She is the recipient of the Sundance Art of Non-Fiction Fellowship, Guggenheim Fellowship, NYFA Fellowship, Princess Grace Special Project Award and Film Fellowship.

Her debut feature-length documentary Evaporating Borders has received numerous awards worldwide. Her short film Notes From The Border  was commissioned for the launch of Field of Vision, a new documentary unit founded by Laura Poitras, AJ Schnack and Charlotte Cook.

When not working on her own films, Iva enjoys editing, cutting both documentary and narrative films. Her work MA premiered at the Venice Film Festival and All That Passes By Through A Window That Doesn’t Open, a film she co-wrote and edited, won the Regard Neuf Award at Visions Du Reel in 2017. Most recently, A Machine To Live In premiered at True False in 2020.

She’s currently finishing a new film called Aleph, inspired by a short story from Jorge Luis Borges. Iva has polyglot ambitions.