Earth

Several billion tons of earth are moved annually by humans – with shovels, excavators or dynamite. Nikolaus Geyrhalter observes people in mines, quarries, large construction sites in a constant struggle to appropriate the planet. 

A portrait of the Earth in the Anthropocene – at seven locations that humans have transformed on a grand scale. Initially shown from above as abstract paintings, these terrains are subsequently explored on the ground: The film weaves together observational footage of machines in operation with conversations with the workers. Alongside statements on work processes, environmental damage and technological change, Erde makes this constructed world visible in unique fashion by subtly paring it down: the piles of grey matter, hills and mountains. The blackness and the cracks. The sandy landscapes, criss-crossed by an array of mechanical devices that scuttle about like caterpillars or worms. The dimensions are gigantic, the proportions out of control; the world has slipped from humanity’s grasp.

“There is always a bigger machine, a bigger engine and when all fails there is dynamite. We always win.” Or do we?

  • Program
  • Original title
    Erde
  • Director
    Nikolaus Geyrhalter
  • Producer
    Michael Kitzberger
  • Writers
    Nikolaus Geyrhalter
  • Photo
    Nikolaus Geyrhalter
  • Playtime
    1 h 55 min
  • Year
    2019
  • Country
    Austria
  • Age limit
    6
  • Production
    Nikolaus Geyrhalter Filmproduktion

Edie

It’s never too late to find yourself. 

Edith Moore (Edie) is a bitter, gruff woman in her eighties. In the months following her husband George’s death, Edie’s strained relationship with her daughter Nancy begins to worsen. The question over Edie’s future looms large; while Edie tries hard to convince Nancy she can manage fine by herself, Nancy is making plans for her mother to move to a retirement home. Edie feels like it is the beginning of the end. It seems she will die with all the regrets of her past intact and one regret haunts her most of all. When Edie was married, her father planned a climbing trip for them in the Scottish Highlands. Edie yearned to go, but her husband George, a difficult and controlling man, made her stay at home, nearly thirty years later, Edie decides to make the trip herself alone.

 

  • Program
  • Original title
    Edie
  • Director
    Simon Hunter
  • Producer
    Mark Stothert
  • Writers
    Simon Hunter
  • Photo
    August Jakobsson
  • Actors
    Sheila Hancock, Kevin Guthrie, Paul Brannigan
  • Playtime
    1 h 42 min
  • Year
    2017
  • Country
    UK
  • Age limit
    9
  • Production
    ‎Cape Wrath Films
  • Distributor
    Another World Entertainment

Losing Alaska

An urgent story reveals the drastic consequences of climate change.

Due to rising temperatures, the village of Newtok, Alaska is slowly vanishing into the sea. The 375 inhabitants of this vast and beautiful area of permafrost have lived for years with the constant fear of their village literally sinking. We see how the Yup’ik support themselves by fishing and hunting in the traditional way. The constant threat is a nightmare—watching the ground disappear under your feet seems to belong to a horror movie plot.

“Like a cookie monster eating cookies” is how 19-year-old Bosco describes the way the ocean is devouring the coastline. Fearful questions divide the tight-knit fishing community: will they have to abandon their village and leave for another part of the country, or will they move to firmer ground nearby? Although we hear Obama describe the situation in a 2015 speech as a “wake-up call,” so far the world doesn’t appear to be losing any sleep over the vanishing village of Newtok.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Losing Alaska
  • Director
    Tom Burke
  • Producer
    Celine Haddad, Keith Potter
  • Photo
    Tom Burke
  • Playtime
    1 h 2 min
  • Year
    2018
  • Country
    Irland
  • Age limit
    12
  • Production
    Marcie Films Limited
  • Distributor
    Taskovski Films

The Green Lie

The Green Lie asks a vital and complicated question: to which extent do companies seduce their consumers with false promises of sustainable products?

This documentary questions the sustainable marketing images big global players made up in the last years, to get back trust from the rising crowd of skeptical customers. What about fair palm oil? Is BP really Beyond Petrol? The camera follows the two protagonists around the globe, doing research and interviews with company speakers, philosophers and with those fighting for a better and living friendly world.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Die grüne Lüge
  • Director
    Werner Boote
  • Producer
    Markus Pauser
  • Writers
    Werner Boote
  • Photo
    Mario Hötschl
  • Actors
    Werner Boote, Kathrin Hartmann, Christina Weidinger
  • Playtime
    1 h 33 min
  • Year
    2018
  • Country
    Austria
  • Age limit
    12
  • Production
    E&a Film

Wild Relatives

The struggle to secure remnants of agriculture, and of humanity.

Deep in the earth beneath the Norwegian permafrost, seeds from all over the world are stored in the Global Seed Vault to provide a backup should disaster strike. For the first time ever, seeds held there from a major gene bank in Aleppo are now being replicated, after its holdings were left behind when the institution had to move to Lebanon due to the civil war. It is refugees from Syria who are carrying out this painstaking work in the fields of the Beqaa Valley. In the Levant, dry conditions and the power of global agricultural corporations are the biggest challenge, while in the Arctic Circle – where the seed vault was supposed to withstand anything – it is rising temperatures and melting glaciers.

Palestinian artist and director Jumana Manna connects these very different geological locations, through reflecting on the political, economical, religious and human implications of exchanging this ecologic currency. She exposes the complex web of scientists, farmers and refugees uniting in their common goal of securing the continuation of agriculture through threats like war and climate disaster. A poetic, thoughtful, and exquisite ode to humanity’s relationship to ur planet, and to each other.

Biologist Åsmund Asdal from NordGen will do a short introduction outlining the work of the Global Seed Vault ahead of the screening on Saturday 17 August.
The film itself does not represent the politics of the Global Seed Vault, nor ICARDA.
You can read more about director Jumana Manna’s reflections on the topic in this essay

  • Program
  • Original title
    Wild relatives
  • Director
    Jumana Manna
  • Producer
    Jumana Manna, Elisabeth Kleppe
  • Photo
    Marte Vold
  • Playtime
    1 h 5 min
  • Year
    2017
  • Country
    Germany, Lebanon, Norway
  • Age limit
    12
  • Production
    Aldeles AS

With The Wind

An isolated farm in a remote part of the Jura region: this is where Pauline and Alex are making their dream of living in complete self-sufficient harmony with nature come true. Their life project is sealed by their love, their ideals and their work. The couple is now ready to take the step towards total independence, and start producing their own electricity. The arrival of Samuel, who has come to install a wind turbine, deeply troubles Pauline, upsetting the couple and their values.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Le vent tourne
  • Director
    Bettina Oberli
  • Producer
    Pauline Gygax
  • Writers
    Antoine Jaccoud
  • Actors
    Mélanie Thierry, Pierre Deladonchamps, Nuno Lopes
  • Playtime
    1 h 28 min
  • Year
    2018
  • Country
    Belgium
  • Age limit
    12
  • Production
    Rita Productions, Silex Films
  • Distributor
    Be For Films