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This Cold Life

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The Norwegian town of Longyearbyen on Spitsbergen is the northernmost human settlement on the planet. The most common cause of death, after suicide, is an altercation with a polar bear. Even so, the little town is home to 2200 people… At least for now, since its very existence is in jeopardy. Not only is the island’s coal industry on the verge of bankruptcy, but climate change also poses a serious threat. So why don’t the locals leave? What drives them to seek their fortunes in a place where it’s dark 24 hours a day all winter, at temperatures around -40 degrees Celsius? As one of the inhabitants, Sasha, says in the film, “A Russian is not a person who is not afraid of cold. A Russian is the one who puts on warm clothes.” Happiness is found in all sorts of unlikely locations.

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PLAYTIME is the online cinema of AFFR. Watch films on cities and architecture straight from the archives of the Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam. You can choose between 10 different titles. Every week the programmers of AFFR will add two new films, so you can watch 50 films a year. Each film is paid per view; members of Club Fountainhead watch the films for free.

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film • city • architecture 9 - 13 Oct. 2019
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