USA I 2019 I COLOR I 75 MIN. I ENGLISH, SPANISH, GERMAN
“This is not a place for men, but a place to be studied, documented, protected,” says Spaniard Álvaro Longoria in Sanctuary, a film that addresses an urgent problem: the Antarctica is melting and time is running out to protect the habitat and its biodiversity. Longoria has experience in documentary cinema, as shown in Sons of the Clouds, a film that included actors Javier and Carlos Bardem and which records the history of the colonization of Western Sahara, and its effects on 200,000 people who were forced to live in refugee camps. In Sanctuary, the brothers are involved in an ambitious project together with numerous scientists, to show the beauty of Antarctica and to promote Greenpeace project (the Bardem brothers are Greenpeace ambassadors) to preserve the Antarctic Ocean. Among colorful corals and icebergs, the film shows how science can pressure politicians to act to prevent an ecological catastrophe.
Review by: Carlos Rodríguez
Álvaro Longoria | Santander | Spain, 1968
He studied at Boston University and in 1995 completed a master’s degree at the Stern School of Business at the University of New York. In 1999 he founded the production company Morena Films, which produces feature films, documentaries and fiction for television. In 2012 he debuted as director with Hijos de las nubes, la última colonia, a documentary about the situation of the Saharawi people. He has produced films by, among others, Asghar Farhadi (Todos lo saben, 2018), Steven Soderbergh (Che: Guerrilla y Che: El argentino, both of 2008) and Arturo Ripstein (El carnaval de Sodoma, 2006).