Becoming Animal

A film by Emma Davie & Peter Mettler. In English with German subtitles.

[Credits] [Termine] [Trailer]

An inspi­red col­la­bo­ra­ti­on bet­ween film­ma­kers Emma Davie (I Am Breathing) and Peter Mettler (The End of Time) and radi­cal wri­ter and phi­lo­so­pher David Abram (The Spell of the Sensuous), Becoming Animal is an urgent and immersi­ve audio­vi­su­al quest, for­ging a path into the places whe­re humans and other ani­mals meet, whe­re we pry open our sen­ses to wit­ness the so-cal­led natu­ral world—which in turn wit­nesses us, promp­ting us to reflect on the very essence of what it means to inha­bit our ani­mal bodies.

Shot in and around Grand Teton National Park, with its diz­zy­ing diver­si­ty of wild­life, trails of curious humans in RV’s and bil­li­on-year-old geo­lo­gy, the film is a gey­ser of pro­vo­ca­ti­ve ide­as and heigh­ten­ed sen­sa­ti­ons rela­ted to the sub­li­me cir­cuit­ry that con­nects us to our ever-shif­ting sur­roun­dings.  A snail’s body beco­mes an immense land­scape as the sound­scape immer­ses us in shi­ve­ring lea­ves, rus­hing rivers and the weird spacey pitch of elk bug­ling at night. Becoming Animal embraces the sen­so­ry tools of cine­ma to trace how the writ­ten word and tech­no­lo­gy has affec­ted how we see.

Driven by won­der, curio­si­ty and a desi­re for balan­ce bet­ween eco­lo­gi­cal and tech­no­lo­gi­cal impe­ra­ti­ves, Becoming Animal is an invi­ta­ti­on to explo­re our rela­ti­onship with this “more than human world” and reco­g­ni­se it for what it is: an exqui­si­te­ly intri­ca­te sys­tem in which ever­y­thing is ali­ve and expres­si­ve, humans, ani­mals and land­scapes are inex­tri­ca­bly inter­de­pen­dent, and the­re is no such thing as emp­ty space.


CH/CA/GB 2018, 78 Min., engl. OmU
Regie: Emma Davie & Peter Mettler
Kamera: Peter Mettler


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