THE ANCIENT WOODS
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DIRECTED AND PHOTOGRAPHED BY MINDAUGAS SURVILA
DIRECTED BY iLLOG!C
In Lithuania, one of Europe’s last remaining old growth forests is the setting for this immersive, lyrical, often surprising cine-poem, elegantly shot over a 10-year period by biologist-turned-filmmaker Mindaugas Survila. Wolves trot casually through the snow; snakes slither and attack mice; eagles, ravens, and, most startlingly, owls (whose majestic wingspread is recorded in slow-motion) compete, eat, feed their young, mate, and preen. Ants, bees, and spiders live side-by-side with a yawning squirrel who looks ready for cartoon stardom. The astounding variety of nature – its mysterious, cruel, and shockingly beautiful moments – are recorded to the natural sounds of this deep, dark forest. It is easy to understand how the woods, both frightening and seductive, have long been the perfect fairy tale setting.
Appropriate for children whose attention spans have not been destroyed by technology.