On a remote coast of the Russian Arctic in a wind-battered hut, a lonely man waits to witness an ancient gathering. But warming seas and rising temperatures bring an unexpected change, and he soon finds himself overwhelmed.
About the directors:
Evgenia Arbugaeva, b.1985 and Maxim Arbugaev, b.1991 are sister and brother, born in the town of Tiksi, located on the shore of the Laptev Sea in the Republic of Yakutia, in the Russian Far East. Their work often looks into their homeland — the Arctic, discovering and capturing the remote worlds and people who inhabit them.
Maxim Arbugaev is a director, cinematographer, producer and winner of various international film festival awards, including the Sundance Film Festival 2018 where he received a World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award for Cinematography for the film Genesis 2.0, which he co-directed with Christian Frei.
Evgenia Arbugaeva is a documentary photographer. She is a National Geographic Society Fellow and a recipient of the International Center of Photography Infinity Award and the Leica Oskar Barnack Award (Awards for an outstanding photography). Her work has been exhibited internationally and appeared in such publications as The New Yorker, Time Magazine and the National Geographic magazine among others. HAULOUT came out of the photography project Evgenia did in Chukotka for a few years. The film is her directorial debut.