Germany | 2019 | DCP | Color | 154 min | Bernd Schoch
FRIDAY 4 | INSTITUTO GOETHE | 20:00 HRS | 154 MIN
TUESDAY 8 | CINETECA NACIONAL SALA 10 | 20:30 HRS | 154 MIN
Director: Bernd Schoch
Screenplay: Bernd Schoch
Producer: Maria Trifu (Romania)
Cinematography: Simon Quack, Bernd Schoch
Editing: Andre Siergers, Bernd Schoch
Sound: Orest Skakun, André Siegers, Marius Siminel Manuntelu, Roman Vehlken
Production Company: FÜNFERFILM Krause & Scheuffele GbR
A sprawling mycelium. The starry sky over the Romanian Carpathians. The first two images introduce the dimensions that are at the core of Olanda: Details and fine structures on the one hand, constellations and the bigger picture on the other. The focus is on a seasonal asset of the area – the mushroom. Amongst people it is the foragers who are nearest to them and the focus of the film is on them: on walks through the forest, in the tent camp, during car rides and conversations. From here it follows the rhizome-like ramifications that continue to branch out in the form of money: to local and international merchants, to an impromptu shoe market in a clearing, to gambling among colleagues. The film tells of these trading cycles by assuming a mushroom-like structure without ever losing its centre of thought. Beyond an analysis of economic structures, however, it is also the sensual document of a rhythm of everyday life in the forest, as experienced by foragers as the first link in the recycling chain. In the cinema, it can be experienced as an audiovisual mushroom-trip into the magical world of the Carpathian forests.
Bernd Schoch was born in 1971 in Karlsruhe, Germany. He grew up in the black forest. In 2008 he finished his media arts studies at the state school for art and design at the ZKM (center for art and media) in Karlsruhe. Since 2008 he lives in Hamburg and works for the University of fine Arts Hamburg (till 2016) and as an independent filmmaker. He is known for his debut feature, , Slide Guitar Ride (2005), Aber das Wort Hund bellt ja nicht (2011), Vor der Sperre (2018), among others.
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