Dir. by Liesbeth De Ceulaer, Belgium, 2021, 75´

World premiere: Visions du Reel – International Competition & CPH:DOX – NEXT WAVE Competition

Territories: World except of Belgium; Exclusive subject: Festival & sales

The Siberian permafrost is melting. Ancient bones rise up from the ground and wild animals seem to have disappeared. Three Yakutians venture into the vast wilderness on different quests. Villager Roman and city boy Kyym hunt for a rare reindeer while not so far away, scientist Semyon scourges the permafrost for a viable cell of the mammoth, which he needs to clone the extinct animal. In the midst of an ongoing mass-extinction of fauna and flora, of a Siberian Ivory Rush, and at the dawn of de-extinction, a contemporary myth unfolds. While Roman, Kyym and Semyon close in on their goals, both the frozen earth that they walk on and reality itself melt into another state. HOLGUT boldly combines elements of fiction and documentary and manoeuvrers effortlessly from captivating reality to visual poetry. Down the mammoth-hole, science fiction seems to become reality and reality seems to become myth.


Liesbeth De Ceulaer is a Belgian independent filmmaker based in Brussels, whose films explore the tense and complex relationship between man and his environment.
These cinematic explorations lead us into captivating worlds, in which documentary and fiction are in continuous exchange. The Best Act on the Isle (2008) and Behind the Redwood Curtain (2013) have been shown in Docville (BE, Jury Prize Best Belgian Documentary), Hot Springs DFF (USA), GIFF (KOR) or Ânûû-rû Âboro. Her feature film Victoria premiered in Berlinale and currently holds 7 festival awards.

A film by / Liesbeth De Ceulaer

A production by /Minds Meet And Stempel

Produced by / Tomas Leyers

Cinematography / Jonathan Wannyn

Editing/ Guillaume Graux

Sound/ Gert Verboven