Woman and the Glacier
Scotiabank Theatre 13, 259 Richmond Street West, Toronto
Thirty years ago, Lithuanian scientist Aušra Revutaite went to the Tian Shian mountain range in Kazakhstan—and never left. Today, she is still the sole guardian of the remote Soviet-era glaciological station of Tuyuksu, at 3,500 metres above sea level, where she has devoted her life to conducting climate research. Surrounded by silence and the astonishing, otherworldly beauty of the immense landscape, and with a dog and a cat as her only witnesses, she keeps watch over the planet, religiously performing the enigmatic ritual of her everyday tasks. She has seemingly forgotten about civilization and it has forgotten her. A cinematic ode to the grandeur of nature, the mystery of science and the secrecy of self-imposed solitude, Woman and the Glacier delivers a hypnotic and spiritual experience like no other, giving time and space a meaning very different from our world, far, far below her mountains.