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This Cold Life

Directed by Darren Mann

Documentary Feature
USA | 88 min | 2017

Welcome to Longyearbyen, the only settlement in the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard. Situated 300 miles from the North Pole, where polar bears outnumber humans, and bearing the distinction of being the northernmost town in the world, Longyearbyen is a community with an unforgiving climate, dreary isolation and an uncertain economic future. Like many small towns, Longyearbyen was once a bustling industrial hub that’s now struggling to find innovative ways to sustain itself. Meet Pastor Leif, hospitality expert Anna Lisa, coal miner Linda, artist Olaf. Take a sip of “Polar Beer”—the local brew. And then take a boat to meet Sasha, the only resident and sole guardian of Pyramiden, a frozen museum to the good/bad old days of the Soviet Union. THIS COLD LIFE is filmmaker Darren Mann’s visually stunning portrait that illuminates a tight-knit group of colorful and resourceful residents who are dedicated to preserving the land they call home.

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Darren Mann is a director and producer, known for This Cold Life (2017), Gotta Keep Dreamin (2016) and State of Control (2016).

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Film Information

Director: Darren Mann
Country: USA
Year: 2017
Language: English
Runtime: 88 min
Rated: PG


Producers: Mann-made Pictures, TIME Inc and All-Edge Entertainment
Editor: Darren Mann and Jeff Schaum

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