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Interview Joe Penna - Arctic


Interview: Joe Penna – Arctic

Interview: Joe Penna – Arctic

Arctic may be Joe Penna’s debut feature, but the Brazilian filmmaker has always been busy. A prolific Youtuber, editor, musician who built a channel with almost 3 million subscribers by mixing all of those skills in upbeat, eccentric fashion, he wrote and directed a few shorts for the web before graduating to a grueling Icelandic production for this survival movie starring Mads Mikkelsen.

I initially saw the film in Cannes, where it was presented as a Midnight Screening in the Official Selection. It’s simultaneously a stripped-down, basic take on the genre and a sneaky reinterpretation of it; you have seen movies trying to get to the absolute core of the survival experience, but Arctic elevates that to its own form of morality. A solid entry in a long cinematic tradition and a tremendous showcase for Mikkelsen. I spoke to Penna in a beautiful loft overlooking a Wrocław square, the day after the screening at the New Horizons International Film Festival.

A freelance film critic and programmer, Tommaso Tocci is based between Paris and Rome. He covers the European festival circuit and he's a member of FIPRESCI and the International Cinephile Society. His Top 3 for 2021: After Blue (Bertrand Mandico), Titane (Julia Ducournau), What Do We See When We Look at the Sky? (Alexandre Koberidze).

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