On the border between Lithuania and Russia lies a nightmarish hollow forest which attracts thousands of tourists every year. The deciduous trees are slowly rotting away after the area has been ingested by protected black cormorants whose faces completely disrupted the ecosystem. From an aerial view, we target a wooden deck where the tourists gather as the dying forest evokes hot conversation about European contemporary politics, war history, migration and film references among the visitors. Against the background of the ongoing climate crisis, Lithuanian Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė delivers a – as fascinating and comical as surrealistic and frightening – documentary about man’s absurd approach to both human existence and nature.
Festivals & prizes: Locarno Festival Producerst: Dovydas Korba, Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė Genre: Documentary
Photo: Neon Realism | Text: Josef Kullengård