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Fra det vilde hav - From the Wild Sea

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Along the raw and windy coastline of England, a wide network of volunteers are constantly ready to rescue coastal wildlife from oil, plastic and storms. But the animals struggle against their human surroundings, and the well-meaning volunteers find themselves powerless as they watch the winter storms intensifying and the conditions for the animals worsening. The film takes us on a disturbing and fascinating journey into the emerging Anthropocene Era in which humans are frantically trying to save nature from decay.

"“When the glacial terminus broke, it marked the beginning of one of many waves.
Storms unleash along of Europe’s coastlines, taking their toll. Volunteers are preparing for winter. Injured seal pups are nurtured with liquid food and warmed with infra-red lamps. Oil-soiled swans are subjected to foam baths. One stares into the eye of a giant stranded whale. And the whale looks back. In poetic images, Robin Petré traces the gaze between humans and wild animals, narrates the close interweaving of habitats and closes the cycle from perpetrator to helper. Laying bare the ambivalent relationship between society and threatened eco-systems, the haunting imagery patiently and respectfully opens a space for deep reflection. A relentless gaze into the abyss of the Anthropocene."
(Berlinale 2021)

Along the raw and windy coastline of England, a wide network of volunteers are constantly ready to rescue coastal wildlife from oil, plastic and storms. But the animals struggle against their human surroundings, and the well-meaning volunteers find themselves powerless as they watch the winter storms intensifying and the conditions for the animals worsening. The film takes us on a disturbing and fascinating journey into the emerging Anthropocene Era in which humans are frantically trying to save nature from decay.

"“When the glacial terminus broke, it marked the beginning of one of many waves.
Storms unleash along of Europe’s coastlines, taking their toll. Volunteers are preparing for winter. Injured seal pups are nurtured with liquid food and warmed with infra-red lamps. Oil-soiled swans are subjected to foam baths. One stares into the eye of a giant stranded whale. And the whale looks back. In poetic images, Robin Petré traces the gaze between humans and wild animals, narrates the close interweaving of habitats and closes the cycle from perpetrator to helper. Laying bare the ambivalent relationship between society and threatened eco-systems, the haunting imagery patiently and respectfully opens a space for deep reflection. A relentless gaze into the abyss of the Anthropocene."
(Berlinale 2021)

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