THE LAST DOGS OF WINTER (97 min)
Directed by Costa Botes.
Opening this week, back from the Film Festival, Wellington film-maker Costa Botes' documentary The Last Dogs of Winter is a gently spectacular look at a small town in Canada, and one fascinating character in particular.
Brian Ladoon has been guarding and breeding the endangered qimmiq - the Eskimo dog - for 30 years. His work brings him into conflict with the locals, and contact with the polar bears who live around the town. Beautifully shot, artfully cut together, and with several unexpected turns in the narrative, The Last Dogs is more than a nature film or a portrait of a man - it is a film about the clash of ideas. It'll stay with you.
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