Scene from the film Woman and the Glacier
Scene from the film Woman and the Glacier
Scene from the film Woman and the Glacier

Woman and the Glacier

  • Lithuania
  • Estonia
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This uncommon documentary portrait take us to the Kazakh part of the Tian Shan mountains where a small glaciological station stands at the base of the Tuiuksu glacier, at an altitude 3,500 meters. Here, cut off from civilisation, we meet a woman who has voluntarily cast herself into isolation for 30 long years in order to dedicate her life to monitoring the climatic pulse of the planet. The meditative quiet of the place being observed is shared by the Lithuanian documentarist’s signature directing style, in which individual shots become the vehicle for a gradual sense of stirring within the viewer. Whether we slip-slide through lofty stalagmite columns in deep caves, follow the slow-motion fall of rocks into a majestic valley, or enjoy the rollicking roughhousing of a dog and cat in the courtyard of the post-Soviet station, we can’t help but be deeply touched. Indeed, the images put before us have the magical power of being imbued with everything that the loner scientist has lived through in a land of silence untouched by the noise of historical events. KVIFF


  • Original Title
    Moteris ir Ledynas
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Audrius Stonys
  • Cinematography
    Audrius Kemežys
  • Editing
    Mirjam Jegorov
  • Music
    Robert Jurjendal
  • Runtime
    56 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Lithuania
    • Estonia
  • Format
    • Colour
    • Black & White
  • Production is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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