From the Wild Sea

It’s wintertime, and volunteer marine activists across Europe are getting ready for some tough months. They work around the clock all year round to save wildlife on the coasts from life-threatening risks such as oil spills, storms or getting caught in plastics. Especially for the seals – the film’s lead roles. Climate change is making winters tougher every year, and storms are becoming more threatening.

From the Wild Sea is a creative documentary that deals with the relationship between man and nature. We join a disturbing and fascinating journey to an ever-increasing ocean. Here we are shown, among other things, all the plastic the sea animals get. From the Wild Sea paints a touching and sensual painting of our modern world and places it in on the big screen.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Fra det vilde hav
  • Director
    Robin Petré
  • Producer
    Malene Flindt Pedersen
  • Writers
    Robin Petré
  • Photo
    Maria Grazia Goya, Robin Petré
  • Playtime
    1 h 18 min
  • Year
    2021
  • Country
    Denmark
  • Age limit
    9 years
  • Production
    Hansen & Pedersen
  • Distributor
    Festivalimport

Gunda

Poetic images and rich sound design characterize this unique documentary that has charmed critics both in and outside the Scandinavia. We travel with the atmospheric pictures to a farm in Vestfold and meet the pig Gunda. We get to know her, her newborn piglets, some cows, chickens and the rest of the herd – without a classic BBC narrator voice or dialogue.

It is a work with an animalistic perspective in which camera movements at eye level shows us the farm as a separate world full of surprises. There is no suspense music or colors. Everything is an observation where we see life as a “fly on the wall” (or in this case: “the pig on the farm”). The result is a beautiful and moving film, which gives us room to meditate.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Gunda
  • Director
    Viktor Kossakovsky
  • Producer
    Anita Rehoff Larsen
  • Writers
    Ainara Vera, Viktor Kossakovsky
  • Photo
    Viktor Kossakovsky, Egil Håskjold Larsen
  • Actors
    Gunda
  • Playtime
    1 t 33 min
  • Year
    2020
  • Country
    Norge
  • Age limit
    All ages admitted
  • Production
    Sant og Usant AS
  • Distributor
    Arthaus

Luzzu

Jesmark works as a fisherman in Malta and risks everything to ensure a stable life for his wife and newborn son. He is pressured by tight finances, obligations in the family, a shrinking fish population and widespread corruption. This is a man who has to make some tough choices, which contradicts his philosophy of life, when it suddenly affects his future. How much does he have to sacrifice and how far will he go?

This is a film about Malta, filmed in Malta and with Maltese people in the roles. Many of them are real fishermen and amateur actors, which emphasizes the credibility and neo-realism of this work. Luzzu balances between fiction and truth, and the result is a striking depiction of culture and a proud heritage in the face of EU restrictions. Between traditions and bureaucracy.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Luzzu
  • Director
    Alex Camilleri
  • Producer
    Rebecca Anastasi, Ramin Bahrani, Alex Camilleri, Josephine Camilleri, Michael Camilleri
  • Writers
    Alex Camilleri
  • Photo
    Léo Lefèvre
  • Actors
    Jesmark Scicluna
  • Playtime
    1 h 34 min
  • Year
    2021
  • Country
    Malta
  • Age limit
    12 years
  • Distributor
    Mer Film

Mau

Through Ontario, Mecca, New York and Guatemala. The outgoing designer Bruce Mau has had his creative vision in full swing across national borders. Mau is the adventurous documentary about this Canadian designer and his intense work ethic. The film explores his unique and creative mind, and gives us a clear overview of how he revolutionized modern design. This applies, among other things, to “S, M, L, XL” – better known as the “design bible”, but also gigantic projects such as the social movement “GuateAmala!”

This is an exciting story about breaking the borders and a positive attitude when he now has to embark on his most important project: life itself.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Mau
  • Director
    Benjamin Bergmann, Jono Bergmann
  • Producer
    Karol Martesko-Fenster
  • Photo
    Stefan Würnitzer
  • Actors
    Bruce Mau, Paola Antonelli
  • Playtime
    1 h 13 min
  • Year
    2021
  • Country
    Austria
  • Age limit
    All ages admitted
  • Distributor
    Autlook Filmsales

Red Soil

César winner Zita Hanrot, known from Love, Death & Robots on Netflix among other things, takes on the role of the nurse Nour. She is a new employee at her father’s chemical factory in the south of France after she was fired from her job in the ER. Her father (played by Sami Bouajila – also a César winner) has worked at the factory for over 30 years.

Here she begins to sense that something’s off. The authority pushes away the problems as it reveals secret agreements between the industry, politicians and syndicates to hide life-threatening working conditions from the public. In this eco-thriller, Nour must choose whether to expose the conspiracy or remain loyal to her father, highlighted by brilliant acting performances from them both. An absorbing and rewarding thriller!

  • Program
  • Original title
    Rouge
  • Director
    Farid Bentoumi
  • Producer
    Frédéric Jouve
  • Writers
    Farid Bentoumi, Samuel Doux, Audrey Fouché, Gaëlle Macé
  • Photo
    Georges Lechaptois
  • Actors
    Zita Hanrot, Sami Bouajila, Céline Sallette, Olivier Gourmet
  • Playtime
    1 h 26 min
  • Year
    2020
  • Country
    France
  • Age limit
    12 years
  • Production
    Les Films Velvet, Les Films du Fleuve, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Cinéma
  • Distributor
    Njuta Films