where the condors fly

A feature documentary by Carlos Klein. With Victor Kossakovsky. 90 Min.XWTCF_PosterWTCF_Poster
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"Where the Condors Fly is an exceptional film essay about cinema itself, a road movie of universal reach whose driving thread is a documentary filmmaker’s passion for discovering the world." Karla Castro, Ambulante Film Festival, Mexico

"'Where the Condors Fly' stands out for its original way to mediate the importance of art for society."
Jury Festival Temps d'Images, Lissabon

"A Making-Of that turns into a fascinating double-portrait of two cineasts who haven't unlearned the infantine amazement." Neue Luzerner Zeitung

Now available: «Where the Condors Fly» on DVD (Single DVD) and together with Victor Kossakovsky's documentary "Long live the Antipodes" (Double DVD). To order your personal DVD edition please go to our shop.


At the end of the Chilean military regime, filmmaker Carlos Klein finds himself confronted with a flood of images that sweeps away his faith in the power of pictures. When he meets the Russian documentarist Victor Kossakovsky, himself making films with heart and soul and searching for new shooting locations in Chile, Carlos Klein seizes the opportunity to associate with this outstanding movie director. Victor Kossakovsky is just about to realize his ambitious new film ,¡Vivan las Antipodas!’, in which he wants to explore the fabulous relationships between places and people on opposite sides of the world. By accompanying Kossakovsky during the realization of this project, Carlos Klein hopes to regain his confidence in the power of pictures.

With the Russian documentarist he travels from antipode to antipode, from Punta Arenas, Chile to Lake Baikal in Russia and from Villaguay, Argentina, to Shanghai, China. While doing so, Carlos Klein documents the making of ,¡Vivan las Antipodas!’, revealing the multi-faceted personality of Kossakovsky and conveying his artistic convictions and motivations.
Whether he lingers in serious reflections about filmmaking, makes Russian quirewomen laugh and himself cry, or jumps into abysses with joy over the beauty of nature: Victor Kossakovsky films with passion and without reserve, faithful to his self-created commandment: "Don’t film if you can live without filming."
Carlos Klein calmly takes on the Russian filmmaker's effervescent temperament. As they travel, disagreements and conflicts become a source of inspiration for his quest.
In calmer moments of the film, the spectator finds opportunity to ask fundamental questions about the act of filmmaking as such and glimpse at the heart of artistic creativity.

,Where the Condors Fly’ is more than a "making-of". It's a personal, critical and deeply humorous reflection about filmmaking and its possibilities and limitations. Like a matrouchka doll, it tells the story of a filmmaker making a film about another filmmaker making himself a film.

Cast and Crew

With Victor Kossakovsky, Carlos Klein, René Vargas and the crew members of the film «¡Vivan las Antipodas!»

Directed & Photographed by 
Carlos Klein
Rafael Huerta, Patrick Becker, Mario Diaz, Santiago Vergara,
Huang Xun
EditingCarlos Klein, Beatrice Babin, Vadim Jendreyko
ScoreDaniel Almada, Carlos Klein, Martin Klingeberg
MixFlorian Beck, André Zacher
ProducerVadim Jendreyko
Carlos Klein, Hartmut Homolka
Associate ProducerHercli Bundi, Hanspeter Giuliani


Feature Documentary 90 Min. by Carlos Klein
HD, 90 Minutes, Color, 16:9
© 2012 Mira Film
ISAN 0000-0003-221C-0000-W-0000-0000-F

A Co-production of Mira Film (Switzerland),TM Film (Germany), and CKFilms (Chile), with  Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen SRG SSR and BR Bayerischer Rundfunk

Supported and Funded by: Bundesamt für Kultur EDI, MFG Medien- und Filmgesellschaft Baden-Württemberg and Consejo Nacional de la Cultura y las Artes, Fondo de Fomento Audiovisual Chile and Jan Vrijman Fund


Winner "Film on Art" at Festival Temps d'Images, Lissabon, Portugal
Winner "Best feature film" at  Antofadocs International Documentary Film Festival Chile
Best Film in the section National Competition Long Feature, Festival Cine // B_5 in Chile
Best Film in the section Chilean Cinema Documentary, FICValdivia in Chile
Audience Award VTR, FICValdivia in Chile
Special mention by the Cinéma Suisse Jury, International Film Festival Visions du Réel in Nyon

Nominated for Film Award Basel 2013 in Switzerland
Nominated for Altazor Premio a las Artes Nacionales for "Director Documentary" in Chile


International Film Festival Visions du Réel in Nyon, Switzerland, International Competition
Festival Internacional de Documentales de Santiago, Chile, Latinamerican Competition
Dokufest Prizren, Kosovo, International Competition
Etats Généraux du Film Documentaire, Ardèche Images in Lussas, France
Vilnius Documentary Festival in Vilnius, Lithuania
DMZDocs International Documentary Film Festival
in Paju Bookcity, Gyenggi-do, Korea
International Film Festival Message to Man, St. Petersburg, Russia
FICValdivia International Film Festival, Chile
TIDF Taiwan International Documentary Festival, Taiwan
RIDM Rencontres Internationales du Documentaire de Montréal, Canada
IDFA International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, Netherlands
Festival Cine // B_5 Santiago de Chile, Chile, Competition "Largo Nacional"
Festival Cineteca Nacional Santiago de Chile, Chile
Solothurner Filmtage, Switzerland
Ambulante Film Festival, Mexico
Thessaloniki Documentary Festival, Greece
Sofia International Film Festival, Bulgaria, International Competition
New Zealand International Film Festival, Auckland and Wellington, New Zealand
Festival de Màlaga, Spain, in Competition
ChampContrechamp, Festival de Lasalle, France
DOK.fest München (8.-15.5.), International Documentary Film Festival Munich, Germany
EDOC Encuentros del otro cine, Festival Internacional de Cine Documental, Ecuador
Festival Rec, Festival de Cine de Universidades Públicas, Buenos Aires, Argentinien
ZOOM - Basler Filme im Fokus, Basel, Switzerland
Antofadocs International Documentary Film Festival, Antofogasta, Chile, Official Competition
Muestra de Cine Latino Americano, Punta Arenas, Chile
Sole Luna Film Festival, Palermo, Italy, Latinamerican Competition
FIDBA Festival International de Documentales Cinema Buenos Aires, Argentina, Official Competition
Festival de Cine Latinoamericano, Flandern, Belgien, Competition Documentary
Festival Internacional de Viña del Mar (FICViña), Viña del Mar, Chile, Panorama Nacional
Festival Temps d'Images, Lissabon, Portugal, Competition Films on Art
EPOS The International Art Film Festival, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel, Section "Film as Art"