Forest Giant

Pasi returns to his childhood town when asked to reconfigure the local plywood factory. With a child on the way with his upper-class wife, Pasi sees an opportunity – this is his ticket to climb the professional ladder in the company. On arrival, he bumps into his childhood friend Janne, who works in the factory he is about to downsize. Pasi begins to struggle with the fact that he is supposed to care for the profits – not for the people. Although the subject matter seems to be rather glum, there is some humor to be found in the story, just like in Miika Nousiainen’s bittersweet novel, which the film is based on.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Metsäjätti
  • Director
    Ville Jankeri
  • Producer
    Jukka Helle, Risto Salomaa, Markus Selin
  • Writers
    Ville Jankeri, Timo Turunen
  • Photo
    Aarne Tapola
  • Actors
    Jussi Vatanen, Sara Soulié, Hannes Suominen
  • Playtime
    1 h 27 min
  • Year
    2020
  • Country
    Finland
  • Production
    Solar Films
  • Distributor
    Festival import

Newtopia

Audun Amundsen leaves a Norway and a western society he has had enough of, to the Indonesian jungle to live with one of the last remaining traditional societies in the world. Aman Paksa, the shaman of the tribe, lives in and of the nature, for better or worse. They develop a close relationship, while the Mentawa culture is hungry for, and undergoes modernization and change. Audun followed the tribal society for over 14 years, and Newtopia provides a unique insight into how a tribal society adapts to the modern world. It is a story on many levels, which challenges, entertains, fascinates and engages. Today, Amundsen is a member of The Explorers Club in a fairly exclusive company with names like Roald Amundsen and Neil Armstrong.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Newtopia
  • Director
    Audun Amundsen
  • Producer
    Christian Falch, Torstein Parelius
  • Writers
    Audun Amundsen
  • Photo
    Audun Amundsen
  • Actors
    Audun Amundsen, Aman Paksa, Bang Id
  • Playtime
    1 h 29 min
  • Year
    2020
  • Country
    Norge, Japan
  • Production
    UpNorth Film
  • Distributor
    UpNorth Film

Sow the Wind

Nica, 21, drops out of her university course in agronomics and returns home to Apulia in southern Italy after three years away. She finds her father deep in debt, a polluted, devastated region, and olive trees destroyed by a parasite. Everyone seems to have given up in the face of the vast ecological disaster, while her father is obsessed with uprooting the olive grove to make money from the land. Nica fights with all her might to save the ancient trees. But the pollution has also contaminated people’s minds, and she will have to face unexpected obstacles.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Semina il vento
  • Director
    Danilo Caputo
  • Producer
    Paolo Benzi, Jacques Bidou, Marianne Dumoulin
  • Writers
    Danilo Caputo, Milena Magnani
  • Photo
    Christos Karamanis
  • Actors
    Yile Yara Vianello, Feliciana Sibilano, Caterina Valente, Espedito Chionna
  • Playtime
    1 h 31 min
  • Year
    2020
  • Country
    Italy, France, Greece
  • Production
    Okta Film, JBA Production, Graal Films

The Hidden Life of Trees

The whole world is talking about the environment, but frequently fails to listen to nature itself. Author Peter Wohlleben has changed all that: in The Hidden Life of Trees he opens our eyes to the hidden world of the woods. Wohlleben tells us in an entertaining and enlightening fashion about the solidarity and cohesion of the trees and strikes a chord with his ever-growing community of readers: he brings us closer to these astounding living entities in guided tours of the woods and readings. Wohlleben travels to Sweden to see the oldest tree in the world; he visits businesses in Vancouver that are looking for a new approach to how to treat the woods; he sides with the Hambacher Forst demonstrators. Because he knows that we humans can only survive if the woods are healthy – and that the eleventh hour is already upon us…

  • Program
  • Original title
    Das geheime leben der bäume
  • Director
    Jörg Adolph
  • Producer
    Friederich Oetker
  • Writers
    Peter Wohlleben
  • Photo
    Jan Haft, Daniel Schönauer
  • Actors
    Peter Wohlleben
  • Playtime
    1 h 36 min
  • Year
    2020
  • Country
    Germany
  • Production
    Constantin Film
  • Distributor
    Global Screen

Wendy

Wendy is a passion project for Benh Zeitlin, the director who shook Sundance and then the rest of the world with Beasts of the Southern Wild almost a decade ago. The classic story of Peter Pan is wildly reimagined in this ragtag epic. Lost on a mysterious island where aging and time have come unglued, Wendy must fight to save her family, her freedom, and the joyous spirit of youth from the deadly peril of growing up. This is a colorful, energetic joyride, shot by Norwegian master cinematographer Sturla Brandth Grøvlen, full of spectacle and wonder. Wendy also makes an important point about children’s connection to nature. It is fading.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Wendy
  • Director
    Benh Zeitlin
  • Producer
    Becky Glupczynski, Dan Janvey, Paul Mezey, Josh Penn
  • Writers
    Benh Zeitlin, Eliza Zeitlin
  • Photo
    Sturla Brandth Grøvlen
  • Actors
    Devin France, Yashua Mack, Gage Naquin, Gavin Naquin, Ahmad Cage
  • Playtime
    1 h 52 min
  • Year
    2020
  • Country
    USA
  • Production
    TSG Entertainment, Department of Motion Pictures, Journeyman Pictures
  • Distributor
    Another World Entertainment