- 50 min
- Herbert Ostwald (Deutschland)
Nature and Environment
Kamera Alpin in Gold 2016
The winner film of category “Nature and Environment” shows that the choice of the protagonists alone can be a decisive part of film creation. In many nature films the portrayed animals are also the Kings of the Savanna, be it elephants or lions. Most often the common animals are only allowed to play the role of background actors or victims. This time, however, the animal background players finally get their long missed lead. No doubt, the suspicion is not unfounded that this could as well be an act of social equity – in the savanna and in the animal film. The masterly camera technique and editing, together with some animations, result in 50 minutes of pure watching joy. When we have to smile during this film, this is not only due to the original looks of the protagonists, but also the creative narration of the filmmakers. With good humour, yet with deep respect, they quite naturally avoid all the traps of animal film-making: over-dramatization, sequences of too powerful scenes, and the humanisation of animal behaviour.