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Mensen met Kieuwen - Shorts

Cinema Ecologica

What if water will become a threat to man, the air we breathe scarce, and sea creatures will try to live on land? These three questions provoke various answers from film makers Marc S. Nollkaemper, Flatform and Thessa Meijer.

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Four surprising short films about a watery future.


  • The Space Between Us (Marc S. Nollkaemper, 2015, 8’)

    In a drab future with oxygen scarcity, a cleaning woman works in a gloomy slaughterhouse. Here, brute men cut away the gills from graceful fish people in order to stay alive themselves. In this fantasy film, the young cleaner realises she has got nothing to lose and decides to save Adam, who is waiting to be slaughtered.

  • If the Antarctic Ice Cap Should Melt (Fox News, 1929, 10’)

    Newsreel predicting what will happen if New York City City should be flooded. The water reaches to the lips of the Statue of Liberty. Score by Stephen Horne.

  • That Which Is to Come Is Just a Promise (Flatform, 2019, 22')

    The island of Funafuti, in the archipelago of Tuvalu, for some years now has become the stage for a unique phenomenon. Due to the unnatural warming of the sea, saltwater seeps into the subsoil bubbling up through the porous terrain provoking floods that put the future of life on this island at risk.

  • The Walking Fish (Thessa Meijer, 2018, 20’)

    A determined amphibian sea-creature wants to venture into the human world. Her dream of evolving into the perfect individual is so strong that she overcomes the physical boundaries of her fish-body and transforms into a human being.

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Cinema Ecologica

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.

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This week, Cinema Ecologica considers the possibility that humans may have to learn from fish.

Anna Abrahams
programmeur Eye

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