America's Wilderness, (c) Sarah Gulick
Washington, D.C. Premiere In Belgium's secluded Ardennes, where people live close to the land, a mystifying force is changing the natural order. Seasons are erratic, seeds don't sprout and birds and bees ignore their labor. Without the cyclical rhythms, the local villagers, on the verge of lunacy and starvation, revert to their only hope for recovery, a sacrifice of one of their own. Directors Jessica Woodworth and Peter Brosens, (Khadak, 2006 and Altiplano, 2009), make only the sparsest use of dialogue, but a readily decipherable narrative seems not a chief concern of their image- and mood-based storytelling. Both the cause and outcome of all this chaos are suggested only in oblique references to man’s indifference, with undertones of religious paranoia, superstition and violation of the land. This haunting, poetic meditation on nature in revolt against humans weaves a surreal tapestry. In French and Flemish with English subtitles. Directed and produced by Jessica Woodworth and Peter Brosens. Official Selection, 2012 Toronto International Film Festival.
Introduced by Margaret Parsons, Head, Film Department, National Gallery of Art.
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