110 min, Documentary, Quebec, Canada, 2017
Directed byJacob, François
Produced byLes Films Camera Oscura
Short description

An 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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Press reviews

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


Jacob, François

François Jacob is a self-trained filmmaker who has mainly directed short fiction. His early work includes The Singing Tomorrows (2014), The Sun (2010), and The End of the Train (2008). A Moon of Nickel and Ice, his first feature documentary, was released in theater in 2017. He currently lives and works in Montreal.




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

The Singing Tomorrows (2014 / 9 min 30)
The Sun, Short Fiction (2010 / 10 min)
The End of the Train (2008 / 23 min)

Screenings archive

L'École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS) | Festival Longue vue sur le court
Thursday 31 May, 2018 Montréal