Expeditions of Northerners

The Northerners have always been famous for their desire to explore places nobody has ever been to, try to conquer both the North and South Pole, sail across the oceans and make fearless expeditions which were by many people unjustly seen as failure in advance. The festival Expeditions of Northerners organised by the Scandinavian House offers overview of film and literary adaptations of the most famous stories.

The audience will set out with Thor Heyerdahl in a modern adaptation Kon-Tiki on a wooden raft across the Pacific ocean; they will immerse themselves in the Fridtjof Nansen’s diaries from his journey on the ship Fram to the North Pole; they will be rescuing castaways of an aeronautical polar expedition of Umberto Nobile in the famous movie The Red Tent starring Sean Connery as Roald Amundsen. They will also learn about the life of a Norwegian conqueror of the South Pole in the documentary Frozen Heart, which includes practically unknown archive material. Zdeněk Lyčka will give a lecture on the explorer, anthropologist and writer Knud Rasmussen and his travels across Greenland. The overview of adaptations of real-life stories will be supplemented with historical psychological drama Zero Kelvin about a very dangerous wintering in inhospitable Greenlandic wastelands with Stellan Skarsgård in one of the main roles.


6. 9. 19:00       Film: Kon-Tiki (Evald Cinema)
7. 9. 19:00       Film: Frozen Heart (Evald Cinema)
8. 9. 18:00       Lecture: Knud Rasmussen’s arctic expeditions (Czech Centre Prague)
13. 9. 19:00     Film: Zero Kelvin (Evald Cinema)
14. 9. 18:00    To the North Pole – reading from Nansen’s diaries (Municipal library of Prague)
15. 9. 19:30     Film: The Red Tent (Ponrepo Cinema)

The festival is taking place in cooperation with the Evald Cinema, National Film Archive, Ponrepo Cinema, Municipal library of Prague and Czech Centre Prague. The literary events are held as part of the literary campaign #ReadNordic. The festival has been supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic and Prague City Hall and is organized in cooperation with the Norwegian Embassy in Prague, Norwegian Film Institute and the National Library of Norway.