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  • 75 min
  • Yakut, Russian, Yukagirskiy
  • English
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The Siberian permafrost is melting. Ancient bones rise up from the ground and wild animals seem to have disappeared. Three Yakutians venture into the vast wilderness on different quests. Villager Roman and city boy Kyym hunt for a rare reindeer while not so far away, scientist Semyon scourges the permafrost for a viable cell of the mammoth, which he needs to clone the extinct animal. In the midst of an ongoing mass-extinction of fauna and flora, of a Siberian Ivory Rush, and at the dawn of de-extinction, a contemporary myth unfolds. While Roman, Kyym and Semyon close in on their goals, both the frozen earth that they walk on and reality itself melt into another state. HOLGUT boldly combines elements of fiction and documentary and manoeuvrers effortlessly from captivating reality to visual poetry. Down the mammoth-hole, science fiction seems to become reality and reality seems to become myth.
Film crew
  • Director:
    Liesbeth De Ceulaer
  • Cinematographer:
    Jonathan Wannyn
  • Producer:
    Tomas Leyers
  • Sound operator:
    Gert Verboven, Kwinten Van Laethem
  • Theme:
    Animal world, Ecology, Ethnography
  • Film studio:
    Minds Meet
  • Language:
    Yakut, Russian, Yukagirskiy
  • Subtitles:
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