Our short ode to nature
We Are Nature. This is not only our powerful theme, but it is also indisputable literal. We, humans, are nature. But that isn’t the main reason we have chosen the theme of nature this year. We want to bring an ode to nature!
They are ambivalent times; we cannot ignore climate change and its consequences. The news is full of it. The Green Deal must offer a solution in Europe, but the problems are still being denied by many people.
We don’t just want to spread an alarming message, but also put the power, beauty and contradictions of nature in the spotlight. In addition, we receive many beautiful films every year with an urgent, observing or forward-looking view of nature and it is time to bring this to the attention of others.
Our Ode to Nature
In short, it is high time to pay tribute to nature! But where to start? We brainstormed extensively about determining the right angle and tried to find a balance between the different views on nature. We have taken the relationship between humans and nature and the adaptability of both as a starting point. Then we started digging into our memory, looking for applicable films. We have browsed through countless catalogs, requested film classics and of course watched many films. An inspiring search with endless possibilities. Kill your darlings got a new dimension. We asked colleagues for feedback, watched more films and threw a complete program in the trash last minute. Making choices is not always easy, but it has succeeded! We are proud of the result and hope it will be appreciated.
Oh Brother Octopus (Florian Kunert, 2017):
Program: Nature Taking Over
The first block is entitled ‘Nature Taking Over’. This may sound somewhat pessimistic, but if you can use some perspective, then this program offers a solution. In this program line, the power of nature is expressed: floods, windstorms and volcanic eruptions show how small we humans are and appeal to our adaptability.
Program: Designing Nature
In ‘Designing Nature’ we will see people at work. Getting as close to reality as possible may seem like a goal in itself, but what is actually the underlying desire when buying plastic plants and playing games in which you walk through a perfectly simulated forest? A fascinating phenomenon of course, but are we careful not to replace ourselves ?!
Program: Nature Hitting Hard
We can’t ignore the fact that our globe is on fire. Global warming and climate change are serious problems of which we, the rich westerners, hardly notice the negative consequences. In particular, it is the indigenous people and people in developing countries who are hit the hardest. Their stories are told in the ‘Nature Hitting Hard’ program.
Program: The Destiny of Nature
Where is our world going? That is the question that is central to the block ‘The Destiny of Nature’. The future is difficult to predict, but the filmmakers of the films in this block offer several prospects. These vary between a single artificial and controlled world and a world where people no longer play a role. We probably won’t experience it, but which scenario do you think is the most realistic?