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Becoming Animal Peter Mettler, Emma Davie

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A collaborative effort between two filmmakers (Peter Mettler and Emma Davie) and a cultural ecologist/philosopher (David Abram), Becoming Animal transports us deep into the Wyoming wilderness. Beautifully photographed and capturing the subtlest forest sounds, this immersive experience invites us not only to re-establish contact with the intensely tactile quality of natural elements, but also to think about the origins and evolution of human behaviour. As is often the case with Mettler, the relationship with technology is treated as a two-edged sword: a fascinating tool for capturing a snail’s smallest movement, the camera also symbolizes our problematic detachment from complex ecosystems, despite the fact that the inspired the development of our languages and thoughts. (BD)

Becoming Animal

  • Country : Switzerland, United Kingdom
  • Year : 2018
  • V.O : English
  • Subtitles : French
  • Duration : 78 MIN
  • Cinematography : Peter Mettler
  • Editing : Peter Mettler, Emma Davie
  • Production : Cornelia Seitler, Rebecca Day, Brigitte Hofer, Sonja Henrici
  • Sound Design : Jacques Kieffer, Peter Mettler
Filmography of Peter Mettler :

Picture of Light (1994)
Gambling, Gods and LSD (2002)
Petropolis: Aerial Perspectives on the Alberta Tar Sands (2009)
The End of Time (2012)

Filmography of Emma Davie :

Flight (2000)
Gigha: Buying Our Island (2002)
What Age Can You Start Being an Artist? (2004)
I Am Breathing (2013)

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