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From 2021: Films, Talks & Events

Cinema Ecologica

#2 Romancing Nature

11 — 17 November 2021

Can film help us to gain an impression of the world we’d like to live in? In Eye’s opinion, the answer is a resounding “yes”!

Much in life is uncertain, but one thing is sure: climate change. Cinema Ecologica focuses on how film directors depict the relationship between humanity and the earth: from nail-biting disaster films to artistic meditations, from romantic nature experiences to astounding science fiction.

still from Dead Man (Jim Jarmusch, US 1995)
still from Dead Man (Jim Jarmusch, US 1995)
still from Picnic at Hanging Rock (Peter Weir, AU 1975)
still from Picnic at Hanging Rock (Peter Weir, AU 1975)

Film directors have used fiction to show how humanity relates to nature, in every genre. Think, for instance, of disaster films, ones about pandemics, underwater creatures that can talk or plant-based life forms who colonise the minds and bodies of earth’s inhabitants.

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still from Into the Wild (Sean Penn, US 2007)
still from Into the Wild (Sean Penn, US 2007)

Romancing Nature

The second episode of Cinema Ecologica focuses on the romantic experience of nature.

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During the Romantic era, man was seen as small and insignificant in relation to nature, in which they sought the awe-inspiring experience of the Sublime. In Romancing Nature, we take a look at nature as the bearer of epic, compelling stories; as the source of comfort and happiness. A programme that gives voice to the untamed forces of nature: the Wild, depicted on film.

still from The Trouble with Nature (Illum Jacobi, DK 2020)
still from The Trouble with Nature (Illum Jacobi, DK 2020)
still from The Seventh Seal (Ingmar Bergman, 1957)
still from The Seventh Seal (Ingmar Bergman, 1957)

The programme consists of fiction films, creative documentaries, short films and special shows.

Vincent Rietveld will be visiting Eye to demonstrate how to make a climate-neutral, touring theatre production and Italian eco-philosopher Emanuele Coccia, author of the internationally renowned ‘The Life of Plants’, will be talking about ecological awareness to accompany a film made by the Flatform collective about the oldest tree in Italy.

still from Walkabout (Nicolas Roeg, GB/AU/US 1971)
still from Walkabout (Nicolas Roeg, GB/AU/US 1971)
still from Symbiosis (Polymorf, NL 2021)
still from Symbiosis (Polymorf, NL 2021)

Xtended VR: Symbiosis

The VR experience Symbiosis by Dutch collective Polymorf (presented in cooperation with IDFA DocLab) is nothing short of spectacular, bringing man, animals, and technology together as one.

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still from Homo sapiens (Nikolaus Geyrhalter, AT 2016)
still from Homo sapiens (Nikolaus Geyrhalter, AT 2016)

Eye Film Player

Cinema Ecologica: Romancing Nature takes place at Eye Filmmuseum from 11 - 17 November. The Eye Film Player also offers a selection of special feature films that match the themes of Cinema Ecologica.

See the selection on the Eye Film Player
poster Cinema Ecologica in Eye Filmmuseum
illustration Joost Stokhof

Films, talks & more

Xtended VR: Symbiosis

13 - 25 November in Eye.

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The following Cinema Ecologica episodes will be held in February, April, August and November 2022.

project partner Cinema Ecologica: People with gills

still Creature from the Black Lagoon (Jack Arnold, US 1954)
still Creature from the Black Lagoon (Jack Arnold, US 1954)

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