110 min, Documentary, Quebec, Canada, 2017
Directed byFrançois Jacob
Produced byLes Films Camera Oscura
Short descriptionAn intimate portrayal of the closed-off Russian city of Norilsk through the eyes of its youth, mine workers and truth seekers.
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A Moon of Nickel and Ice will please fans of essayistic documentaries and travelogues alike, granting multiple viewpoints around collective memory and loss. Open City Documentary Festival

Film details

The mining town of Norilsk sits in the heart of the Siberian Arctic, huddled behind its wind walls and bathed in the smoke and sulfur of its factories. While teenagers in the icy city dream of exile and nickel miners ponder the lost Soviet comradeship, descendants of Gulag prisoners and theatre artists seek to shed light on Norilsk’s dark past, buried under ice and censorship. A Moon of Nickel and Ice fondly follows the lives of these inhabitants of the end of the world.


Script and Direction : François Jacob
Direction of Photography : Vuk Stojanovic, François Jacob, Ilya Zima

Editing : François Jacob, Jéricho Jeudy

Sound Designer : Hélène Magne

Sound Recording : Hélène Magne

Sound Mixing : Jean Paul Vialard (ONF)

Musique : Viviane Audet, Robin-Joël Cool et Alexis Martin

Production : Christine Falco, Vuk Stojanovic, François Jacob

Production Company : Les Films Camera Oscura


Financial Partners


Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec

TeleFilm Canada



La Cordée


François Jacob

François Jacob is a self-taught filmmaker. His early short films include La Queue du train (2008), Le Soleil (2010) and Les lendemains qui chantent (2014). He then worked on indie documentaries abroad. He embarked on vast research projects leading to his first feature film: A Moon of Nickel and Ice (Visions du Réel 2017). The war saga Under the Same Sun (2020) is his second feature film. He lives and works in Montreal.




A Moon of Nickel and Ice (2017 / 110 min)

Under the Same Sun (2020 / 97 min)