a documentary

"ARCTIC ERA: the NANSEN's PROJECT", a documentary devoted to the comparison of the adventurous exploration of the past and today's frontiers of scientific, economic and ecological interest over the North Pole and Arctic regions.

The project is closely linked to the Jubilee celebrations of the Nansen-Amundsen promoted by the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Italy.

The documentary will have two phases of construction: the first will be completed by the month of February 2013, with the first official screening at the presentation of the exhibition dedicated to Fridjoft Nansen at the Science City Of Naples (CITTA’ DELLA SCIENZA DI NAPOLI); the second during the inauguration of the same exhibition in Rome, scheduled for October 2013.

The documentary will also become a part of informative and educational equipment for the Norwegian institutions involved with the project, such as, for example, the Nansen FRIDTJOFT INSTITUTTET and FRAMMUSEET (Oslo) and Tromsø NORSK POLARINSTITUTT, as well as  similar educational and scientific settings in Italy.

The realization of the documentary will begin Monday, August 13, 2012 in Tromso, Norway.

A brief description of the project:

The project is organized in two parts: the story evolves alternating past and present events.

Part 1:


Norway and Italy on the routes of the Arctic

in the late nineteenth century.

Starting from the story of the great enterprise of Fridtjof Nansen and his legendary Fram,  the audiovisual project aims to reconstruct the visible and invisible connections with two other Arctic expeditions, at the end of the century, in which some Italian figures played an important role:

- Before him, in 1878, Giacomo Bove, the son of humble winemakers in Piedmont who had become an expert in ocean currents, and hydrographer of Adolf Erik Nordenskiold Scandinavian expedition, on board the Vega, had rounded Cape Celiuskin for the first time;

- After him, Luigi Amedeo of Savoy, Duke of Abruzzi and, above all, Admiral Umberto Cagni,  sailed with an Italian-Norwegian crew on June 12, 1899 from Christiana on a 350 ton wooden whaling ship called Jason but renamed Stella Polare.

Nansen's work stands as a landmark, in the challenge of man to the Great North: personality, insight and determination, among many other proved qualities of the future Nobel Prize: however, all three leading expeditions combined, each one in its own way,  great exceptional humanity, courage and imagination that enables us today to look back at the history and the legend as they were one.

But reality breaks into fantasy, just as the twentieth century, the new century, broke into old Europe with its load of high expectations but also of great concern at the horizon.

Note: "Più oltre" is a line from Lauds (Song to Umberto Cagni) by Gabriele D'Annunzio.

Part 2


The modern implications of the exploration of the North Pole, the study of climate changes on the planet (Arctic warming linked to combination of reduced sea ice and Global Atmospheric Warming)  and the delicate matter of energy exploitation with this focus on:

Nordic collaboration on climate, environment and energy questions will contribute to economic growth in the future.

a project by –

with the support of

Royal Norwegian Embassy in Roma

Fondazione EUTHECA

Kaspersky Lab Italia

and in collaboration with