Explore the intimate relationship of sisterhood between two sisters, Hayat and Leila. A touching story told in the perspective of sailor Hayat where we get to see how the two sisters have sticked together throughout their troubled upbringing in to adulthood where they stay in touch even though they are worlds apart.
Nominated for Editing
Nominated for Directing
Nominated for Sound
Nominated for Cinematography
Original Title: Polaris Director: Ainara Vera Country: Greenland & France Year: 2022 Duration: 78 min Producers: Emile Hertling Péronard & Clara Vuillermoz

Hayat is a skilled seawoman who sails across the Arctic, navigating far away from people and her troubled youth in France. But when her little sister Leila gives birth to a baby girl Inaya, the promise of new beginnings is on the horizon. We witness how the sisters’ worlds are turned upside down, each going on a deeply personal journey, guided by the Northern star to overturn their family's fate. The film, set between the isolated Northern Sea and warm, well-connected France, aims to bring a human perspective to this tale of sisterhood set against dramatic land- and seascapes.

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With a wonderful mix of impressive imagery, emotional sound image and intimate feelings, Ainara Vera aims to bring a human perspective and a heartwarming portrayal of sisterhood set against dramatic land- and seascapes.

Ainara Vera was born in Spain in 1985. After studying cinema, her first short documentary Sertres premiered at Locarno in 2014. She then directed a medium-length film See you tomorrow, God Willing! which premiered at IDFA and was selected in a many festivals including Doc NYC, DocsBarcelona. She worked for as First Assistant Director and editor on Victor Kossakovsky’s films Varicella, Aquarela and Gunda.Polaris is her first feature doc.


Gunda (2020)
Aquarela (2018)
See you tomorrow God willing (2017)