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The New Wild: Life in the Abandoned Lands

The New Wild: Life in the Abandoned Lands

Synopsis

Director

Christopher Thomson’s essay film examines the strange new landscapes that are slowly appearing across Europe. With the decline of rural populations, lands are being reclaimed by the nature which was once displayed by them. Trees grow amongst the ruins, animals run across landscapes once dominated by humans. Nature has returned to reclaim what was taken from her in the past.

The "New Wild" focuses on a village on the edge of collapse, stranded in an abandoned alpine valley. As it attempts to survive economic, demographic and cultural implosion, the film reflects on humankind’s changing relationship with the natural world and how places that were once the height of modernity are becoming consigned to our history books.

With echoes of the likes of Michelangelo Frammartino, the film is a measured and reflective piece of work that is resplendent in displaying a natural world that is both beautiful yet slightly terrifying in its refusal to be tamed by human endeavour. Thomson creates beautiful tableaux of a forgotten world while mention must also be made of some wondrous sound design that takes in a contemplative voice over that ruminates on many complex issues as well as the serene sounds of nature.

An astonishing cinematic experience, "The New Wild" unearths and preserves a world that is slowly sliding away whilst making us wonder just how permanent our way of life really is.

Laurence Boyce

Christopher Thomson

(born 1985) is a writer and filmmaker living and working between England, Italy, Austria and Turkey. His work concerns the perception of landscape and the significance of place, often exploring the marginal spaces that give clues to our contemporary condition. He has published books and maps as well as producing video works, and curates the arts festival ’Harvest’. The New Wild is his first feature film.

Filmography

  • The New Wild: Life in the Abandoned Lands (2017, doc)

Schedule

26.11.2017
18:00 - 19:28
Tallinn, 
Coca-Cola Plaza
Hall 3
Screening code: 100202
Guests (1)
Sold out
Movie guests:  Director Christopher Thomson
28.11.2017
20:45 - 22:13
Tallinn, 
Kino Artis
Hall 2
Screening code: 121402
Guests (1)
Sold out
Movie guests:  Director Christopher Thomson
02.12.2017
21:30 - 22:38
Tallinn, 
Kino Artis
Hall 2
Screening code: 161404
Sold out
Screenings with guests might end later than expected.

Programme

Rebels with a Cause

Film info

Countries: Austria, Italy, United Kingdom
Year: 2017
Duration: 68 minutes
Language: English
Director: Christopher Thomson
Producer: Christopher Thomson
Writer: Christopher Thomson
Montage: Christopher Thomson
Composer: Jez Riley French
Cast: Sarah Waring
Production: University of Innsbruck

Synopsis

Director

Christopher Thomson’s essay film examines the strange new landscapes that are slowly appearing across Europe. With the decline of rural populations, lands are being reclaimed by the nature which was once displayed by them. Trees grow amongst the ruins, animals run across landscapes once dominated by humans. Nature has returned to reclaim what was taken from her in the past.

The "New Wild" focuses on a village on the edge of collapse, stranded in an abandoned alpine valley. As it attempts to survive economic, demographic and cultural implosion, the film reflects on humankind’s changing relationship with the natural world and how places that were once the height of modernity are becoming consigned to our history books.

With echoes of the likes of Michelangelo Frammartino, the film is a measured and reflective piece of work that is resplendent in displaying a natural world that is both beautiful yet slightly terrifying in its refusal to be tamed by human endeavour. Thomson creates beautiful tableaux of a forgotten world while mention must also be made of some wondrous sound design that takes in a contemplative voice over that ruminates on many complex issues as well as the serene sounds of nature.

An astonishing cinematic experience, "The New Wild" unearths and preserves a world that is slowly sliding away whilst making us wonder just how permanent our way of life really is.

Laurence Boyce

Christopher Thomson

(born 1985) is a writer and filmmaker living and working between England, Italy, Austria and Turkey. His work concerns the perception of landscape and the significance of place, often exploring the marginal spaces that give clues to our contemporary condition. He has published books and maps as well as producing video works, and curates the arts festival ’Harvest’. The New Wild is his first feature film.

Filmography

  • The New Wild: Life in the Abandoned Lands (2017, doc)
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