How does it feel to live in the most isolated place of the planet? Does time matter there? Do you only dream in white? These are some of the questions Alexandre Gautier, a French woodworker who works in the maintenance service for the infrastructure of the French scientific mission in Antarctica tries to answer in this animated documentary. The film follows Alexandre’s train of thoughts and reflections about Antarctica, the vast whiteness of the continent, his experience as a worker there, his concept of home, the feeling of exile, isolation, loneliness, death - which is always present - and the purpose of life. He recalls memories from the past, ponders on his current situation and sketches out his vision and dreams about the future, trying to give an answer to the ultimate question of “where home is?”
I first met Alexandre in Cyprus, a few months before his first trip to Antarctica. I could tell that he was preparing himself for this trip to the unknown. We met again about a month before his second trip. This time he had a bunch of interesting stories to share about his experiences, the people who he met there and his work. What made me want to make a documentary about his story though, was his eagerness and his impatience to go back to Antarctica as soon as possible and for as many years he is physically able. What I find really interesting in the process of making this film is how different Alexandre x will experience Antarctica in every new trip there and how stronger his bond with the place will be.