About the film
Far beyond the polar circle, all the way to the Arctic north is where a group of geologists from the Czech Institute of Rock Structure and Mechanics of the ASCR sets out on an annual basis. Their destination is Hornsund, the southernmost bay of the island of West Spitsbergen. Here for the past 6 years, the scientists have regularly monitored with a unique device the movements of the earth, mapping out the unexplored terrain that had previously lain hidden deep under the ice. For their latest expedition beyond the Arctic Circle, the researchers Josef, Honza, Filip and Miloš decided to bring on two filmmakers. It is amidst the magnificent and rugged nature of the Svalbard Islands, at a welcoming and cozy Polish polar station with its conveniences, that striking footage thus came to see the light of day which offers the viewer an intimate insight into the heart of the Czech polar expedition and a humane look at the scientists themselves. The documentary film gradually unravels all that the researchers, through their sensitive and patient observation of nature, are able to read out not only from the terrain alone, the rocks themselves, but also the smallest, imperceptible and so far unpredictable tectonic movements of the Earth. Against the backdrop of the breathtaking Arctic nature, a story is narrated about the crucial information about our planet this particular group of scientists may provide. The documentary film titled Movements was produced by the Centre of Administration and Operations of the ASCR along with the Institute of Rock Structure and Mechanics of the ASCR with the financial support of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic.
sound postproduction: Jan Štindl
camera: Tomáš Kopecký, Martina Spurná
scientific collaboration: Josef Stemberk
written, directed by: Martina Spurná
production manager: Václav Špaček