Hayat, an expert sailor in the Arctic, navigates far from humans and her family’s past in France. But when her little sister Leila gives birth to a baby girl Inaya, their worlds are turned upside down; we witness their journey, guided by the polar star, to overcome the family’s fate.
“Polaris is a masterpiece” ABUS DE CINE
“Ainara Vera’s documentary is, to put it simply, very touching. It’s also, and this is so very welcome, not sentimental at all.” CINEUROPA.ORG
“Polaris a stunning work of cinematic art, and Vera a filmmaker to watch.” Nina Rothe for MIME (Moving Image Middle East)
Acid Cannes, France, Selected film – 2022
IDFA (International Documentary Filmfestival Amsterdam), Netherlands, Best of Fests – 2022
Camden International Film Festival, USA, Honorable Mention – 2022
Ainara Vera was born in Spain in 1985. After studying cinema, her first short documentary Sertres premiered at Locarno in 2014. She 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 documentary.