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It doesn’t take long for Joe Penna’s Arctic to establish itself as one of the best movies ever made about a man stranded in the wilderness. In fact, there’s a small but crystalline moment in the first act when this hellishly cold portrait of human endurance claws ahead of the pack and never looks back. The context is easy to describe - the conflict frozen across Mads Mikkelsen’s face is not. (David Ehrlich, IndieWire)

There are no cut corners, no overly blatant only-in-the-movies gambits. Mikkelsen’s stranded pilot has little to rely on beyond his will, so we feel at every step that he could truly be us. (Owen Gleiberman, Variety)

Joe Penna
Joe Penna was born in São Paulo, Brazil, in 1987, and now is based in Los Angeles. He began his career on YouTube, where he has garnered nearly 3 million subscribers for his channel MysteryGuitarMan. He is a director and writer of TV series and several shorts, such as “Instant Getaway“ (2014) and “Beyond (2015). "Arctic“ is his first feature film and premiered in Cannes. 

Film Selection: Arctic (2018) - Beyond (2015, short) - Instant Getaway (2014, short) - Meridian (2012, short) 

Nachtsicht / Night Sight 2019

Joe Penna

Iceland 2018
97 minutes

Tómas Örn Tómasson
Ryan Morrison
Joseph Trapanese
Mads Mikkelsen, María Thelma Smáradôttir
Noah C. Haeussner, Christopher Lemole, Tim Zajaros, Martha De Laurentiis, Manu Gargi, Einar Thornsteinsson



Armory Films, The Joker Films, XYZ Films
World Sales

XYZ Films

Austrian Rights
Koch Films

Weltpremiere / World Premiere
Cannes Film Festival 2018

Premierenstatus / Premiere Status 
Austrian Premiere