Antarctica: Ice and Sky (2016): Engaging Docu from Luc Jacquet (March of Penguins)

Claude Lorius’s life changed at the age of 23, when he joined an expedition to the world’s southernmost continent in 1955, Antarctica, a land that was essentially untouched by scientific experiment.

Lorius went on to participate in 22 polar expeditions, facing harsh conditions and brutal personal challenges in his effort to discover the planet’s secrets held in small bubbles of air deep beneath the surface.

Through remarkable archival footage and stunning drone cinematography, Lorius revisits the part of the world he knows first-hand, resulting in an informative and emotionally stirring account.

In this engaging docu, he recounts his story, from his first tentative steps as a young glaciologist to the crowning achievement of his career, receiving the Blue Planet Prize in 2008.

Equal parts contemplative memoir and ardent call to action, Ice and Sky is a timely and relevant work that represents the summation of 60 years of discovery, an epic tale where science and adventure meet.

The film is directed with great authority and compassion by Luc Jacquet, still best known for the vastly popular docu, March of the Penguins.

Running time: 89 minutes