Whale From Lorino is a film about the descendants of the oldest of Siberian tribes on the far away land of Chukotka. For them, the yearly hunt for the endangered whale is not only a tradition, but a necessity for surviving winter in a fragile place devastated by Soviet influence. The clash of two disappearing worlds; Chukchis civilisation and the universe of monumental and majestic whales in a story about the paradox of history and a harsh fight for survival.

  • Genre: Documentary
  • Country: Poland
  • Running time: 59
  • Year: 2019
  • Color: colour

Director: Maciej Cuske

Script: Maciej Cuske

DOP: Artur Sienicki, Piotr Bernaś

Music: Michał Jacaszek

Editing: Katarzyna Orzechowska

Production company: Pokromski Studio

About the director:

Maciej Cuske

Maciej Cuske

Born in 1972 in Bydgoszcz. He is a graduate of the Andrzej Wajda Master School of Film Directing in Warsaw. He started as an amateur (What do you think about it, Gałuszko?, 12000 kilometres), during his studies he participated in the production of Silence (2003). The Cure (2004), Old Book Store (2005) and The Suburban Train (2007) were awarded at the Krakow Film Festival. He is also the author of documentaries: Ahoy (2006), Katyń. 60 Days on the Film Set (2007), In the Sky, on Earth (2007). An award winner at the festivals, among others, in Győr, Paris, Cieszyn, Łagów, Wrocław and Toruń.

At festivals:

IDFA 2019, The Netherlands, 2019 (competition)

60th Krakow Film Festival, 2020, Poland, 2020 (Silver Horn)

9th Mostra Ecofalante, Brazil, 2020 (screening)

17th Docs Against Gravity Film Festival, Poland, 2020 (The Smakjam Polish Competition Prize for the Best Production)

17th Neisse Film Festival, Germany, 2020 (competition)

5th IsReal Festival, Italy, 2020 (competition)

14th Batumi International Art-House Film Festival, Georgia, 2020 (Best Doc Film Award)

4th West Lake International Documentary Festival, 2020 (D20 Filmmaker of the Year)

EnergaCAMERIMAGE 2020, Poland, 2020 (Golden Frog for best documentary feature)

61st Festival Dei Popoli - International Festival of Documentary Film, Italy, 2020 (CG Digital Distribution on Demand Award)

Festival Film Dokumenter, Indonesia, 2020 (competition)

Artdocfest, Documentary Film Festival, Russia, 2020 (competition)

FIPADOC, France , 2021 (screening)

14. Polish Film Festival "Vistula", Russia, 2021 (screening)

23. FICMEC- Festival Internacional de Cine Medioambiental de Canarias, Tenerife, Spain, 2021 (competition)

20th Euganea Film Festival, Italy, 2021 (competition)

14. Polish Film Festival "Vistula", Kyrgyzstan, 2021 (screening)

19th Matsalu Nature Film Festival, Estonia, 2021 (competition)

30th International Festival of Ethnological Film, Serbia, 2021 (Grand Prix)

5th Arctic International Film Festival "Golden Raven", Russia, 2021 (Golden Raven Award)

20th Innsbruck Nature Film Festival, Austria, 2021 (competition)

9th FIDBA International Documentary Film Festival of Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2021 (competition)

14th International Film Festival "Fishermen of the world", France, 2022 (competition)

Mostra Internacional de Cinema Documental "Mares da Fin do Mundo" MDFDM 2023, Spain, 2023 (screening)