The North Drift

The North Drift

Czech premiere

How does a beer bottle from Germany end up in the pristine landscape beyond the Arctic Circle? Director Steffen Krones decides to track the path of plastic waste from continental Europe to the cliffs of the Norwegian Lofoten archipelago.

The Dresden-based filmmaker and his friends build unique buoys equipped with GPS locators to observe how the European river network connects to the ocean. Steffen transforms what was originally a solo initiative inspired by his horror over the fact that European waste pollutes even the planet’s remotest corners, into a scientific project involving engineers, oceanographers and the public. Breath-taking shots of the majestic Norwegian landscape and scenes of team enthusiasm from following the route of the buoys alternate with shocking images of mounds of plastic occupying a landscape previously untouched by civilisation.


The documentary The North Drift is based on an interesting experiment: The director decides to release a plastic bottle into the Elbe River in Dresden and use a GPS locator to track its route. Empirically, it demonstrates a familiar reality: plastics can get from anywhere in the world to virtually anywhere else, polluting the entire planet. Do you want to help prevent this? Share and support the international Rethink Plastic campaign, which encourages EU citizens to change their approach to plastic materials.

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About the film

2022 / 92 min.

Steffen Krones

English, German, Norwegian

Czech, English


Steffen Krones

Steffen Krones

2022 - The North Drift


26. 3.
18:30 h
Praha: Světozor MS
Open captions for the Deaf and hard of hearing
30. 3.
20:30 h
Praha: Kino Lucerna VS
Open captions for the Deaf and hard of hearing
Steffen Krones, director

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