White on White

Documentary, 2020, 74 min.
Original Title Biela na bielej
Czech Republic, Slovakia

Director, Script Viera Čákanyová
Script editor Klára Tasovská
Cinematography Viera Čákanyová, Dominik Jursa, Tomáš Klein
Editing Viera Čákanyová, Marek Šulík
Sound Viera Čákanyová, Tobiáš Potočný
Producer Viera Čákanyová – Guča (SK)
Co-producer, Sales Nina Numankadić – Marina films (CZ)

Viera Čákanyová kept a video diary while staying at the Polish Antarctic station.

In 2017 she shot her celebrated film FREM (2019), whose main character was an artificial neural network, in Antarctica. During her stay, Čákanyováchats with various artificial intelligences, leading conversations that touch on the nature of film, art, and the meaning of life while also revealing a way of thinking, free from humanity and from an overt emotionality that forces deep introspection. Footage from the author’s routine life at the station contrast with lyrical images of the immaculate Antarctic nature, complemented with Čákanyová’s commentary and reflections provoked by the loneliness of the ice-covered landscape.

Festivals & Awards

24th IDFF Ji.hlava
winner: Main Prize International Competition (Opus Bonum) (CZ)

17th ZagrebDox IDFF
International Competition (HR)

22th One World Prague FF
won Best Czech Film Award (CZ)

27th Sheffield Doc/Fest
International Competition (UK)

28th Art Film Fest IFF
out of competition (SK)

20th DokuFest IDSFF
won Green Prize (BA)

15th Cinematik IFF
cinematik.doc Competition (SK)

22th One World Slovakia FF
in competition (SK)

in competition (CZ)

International Press

‘White on White’ Helmer Viera Cakanyova is Ready to Explore the ‘Brave New World’ (EXCLUSIVE)

‘White On White’ wins top prize at Ji.hlava Film Festival


Viera Cakanyova’s ‘White on White’ Wins Ji.hlava Film Festival


With financial support

Slovak Audiovisual Fund
Marina Films