Vivan las Antipodas!

What would be the shortest route between Entre Ríos in Argentina and the Chinese metropolis Shanghai? Simply a straight line through the center of the earth, since the two places are antipodes: they are located diametrically opposite to each other on the earth’s surface.

During his visits to four such antipodal pairs, the award-winning documentary filmmaker Victor Kossakovsky captured images that turn our view of the world upside down. A beautiful, peaceful sunset in Entre Ríos is contrasted with the bustling streets in rainy Shanghai. People who live in a wasteland are connected to people dwelling next to a volcano. Landscapes whose splendor touches the soul are juxtaposed with the clamor of a vast city. These antipodes seem mythically connected, somehow united by their oppositeness.

Kossakovsky’s movie is a feast for the senses, a fascinating kaleidoscope of our planet.

VIVAN LAS ANTIPODAS! – Long Live The Antipodes!



Country of Production
Germany / Netherlands / Argentina / Chile

Year of Production

DCP, HDCam, Digi Beta Pal, 35mm

104 min

Victor Kossakovsky

Heino Deckert and Filmproduktion in co-production with Lemming Film and Gema Films / Producciones Aplaplac, NHK, ZDF/ARTE, WDR, VPRO in association with CTC Network, YLE TV2 and Film House Germany AG

Original Language
Spanish, Russian, English, Setswana


Festivals / Awards

Venice IFF 2011 (2nd opening film)
Message to Man IDF St. Petersburg 2011 (Award for Best Full-Length Documentary)
DOK Leipzig 2011
Bergen IFF 2011
Doha Tribeca FF 2011
Mar del Plata IFF 2011 (opening film)
IDFA 2011
Docpoint IDF Helsinki 2012
DocsBarcelona 2012
Documentary Fortnight Museum of Modern Art New York 2012
Festival Internacional de Cine de Cartagena de Indias 2012
ZagrebDox 2012
True / False FF 2012 (True Vision Award)
Guadalajara IFF 2012 (Award for Best Iberoamerican Documentary)
SXSW IFF Austin 2012
Thessaloniki IDF 2012 (WWF Award for the Best Film in the Habitat Section )
Sofia IFF 2012
Vilnius IFF 2012
Play-Doc IFF Tui 2012
Eurodok IDF Oslo 2012
Ljubljana Doc FF 2012
It's All True IDF Sao Paulo & Rio de Janeiro 2012
San Francisco IFF 2012
Visions du Réel Nyon 2012
Houston Latin Wave FF 2012
IndieLisboa IFF 2012
Hot Docs Toronto 2012
Trento IFF 2012 (Golden Gentian – City of Trento Grand Prize in Int. Comp.)
DOXA Vancouver 2012
Planete Doc Review Warsaw 2012
Sydney IFF 2012
Sheffield Doc/Fest 2012
Silverdocs IDF 2012 (Cinematic Vision Award)
Edinburgh IFF 2012
Moscow IFF 2012
Pärnu IDF 2012
VOICES (Vologda Independent Cinema from European Screens) 2012
Dokufest Prizren 2012
New Zealand IFF 2012
Durban IFF 2012
Melbourne IFF 2012
Cervino CineMountain FF Aosta 2012 (Ecomountain Award)
EIDF Seoul 2012
Les États généraux du Film Documentaire Lussas 2012
MEETINGS IN SIBERIA Novosibirsk 2012
Vilnius IDF 2012
Festival Biarritz Amérique Latine 2012
Reykjavik IFF 2012 (Environment Award)
Open Documentary Festival ROSSIJA Yekaterinburg 2012 (Grand Prix)
Flahertiana Perm 2012
Hawaii IFF 2012
Taiwan IDF 2012
Jihlava IDF 2012
RIDM Montréal 2012
Bratislava IFF 2012
IDFA Amsterdam 2012
Dublin IFF 2013
ZagrebDox IDF 2013
San Diego Latino FF 2013
Thessaloniki IDF 2013
Panama IFF 2013
Skopje FF 2013

German Camera Award 2012 in the category Documentary

nominated for European Film Academy Documentary 2011 – Prix ARTE