DIR. ANDREW OKPEAHA MACLEAN | 2011 | USA | 96 MIN
In this mesmerizing Sundance Grand Jury nominated film two teenage boys who have grown up like brothers go about their lives in the comfortable claustrophobia of an isolated Alaskan town. One morning, on a seal hunt with another teenager, an argument between the three boys quickly escalates into a tragic accident. Bonded by their dark secret, the two best friends are forced to create one fabrication after another in order to survive. The shocked boys stumble through guilt-fueled days, avoiding the suspicions of their community as they weave a web of deceit. With their future in the balance, they are forced to explore the limits of friendship and honor.
“Shot on location in far northern Alaska with a native cast On the Ice is a marvel of concentrated, classical storytelling.You could call this ethno documentary noir, since MacLean includes elements of Iñupiaq language and culture." -Village Voice