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Credits & Facts
Against the Ice is a 2022 historical survival film directed by Peter Flinth and written by Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Joe Derrick.
The film was shot in Iceland and Greenland, and premiered at the 72nd Berlin International Film Festival on February 15, 2022. It was released on Netflix on March 2, 2022.
In 1909, Danish explorer and Captain Ejnar Mikkelsen organizes an expedition in East Greenland, to recover the records of the missing members of the ill-fated Denmark expedition. After his first try is unsuccessful, the only volunteer to accompany him on his second attempt is engineer Iver Iversen while the rest of the crew stays behind.
Mikkelsen and Iversen lose two of their sled dogs in their first few days. Later, they fight and kill a polar bear. One day, the explorers find records disproving the existence of the Peary Channel, leaving the United States with no claim in the Arctic. After a few months, Mikkelsen and Iversen return to Shannon Island and learn the rest of the crew have returned home, leaving them stranded on the island. The two men stay in a cottage for two winters, almost losing their sanity in the process, before being rescued in 1912.
Original title: Against the Ice
A Netflix Original Movie. 100 mins.
Produced by Baltasar Kormakur & Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
Directed by Peter Flinth
Screenplay by Joe Derrick and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
Cinematography by Torben Forsberg
Edited by Morten Højbjerg
Music by Volker Bertelmann
Cast: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Joe Cole, Heida Reed, Gísli Örn Garðarsson, Sam Redford, Ed Speleers, Frankie Wilson, Diarmaid Murtaugh and Charles Dance.