EXCLUSIVE: Trailer for Berlinale Generation title From the Wild Sea
- Robin Petré’s poetic documentary zooms in on the complex collision between human and nature
As the peak of winter draws near, a vast European network of marine animal rescue volunteers are bracing themselves for the roughest season. Night and day, all year round, they work tirelessly to rescue coastal wildlife from life-threatening elements: oil, plastic and treacherous conditions. But the worst is still to come. Climate change fuels violent weather across the seas, and the annual winter storms are coming at them with unprecedented ferocity. Simultaneously, the wild animals are struggling against their human surroundings with their fangs and claws. This is the fascinating synopsis of Robin Petré’s poetic documentary From the Wild Sea [+see also:
interview: Robin Petré
film profile], world-premiering in the Generation 14plus section of the 2021 Berlinale. Viewers will be taken on a “disturbing and fascinating journey into the emerging Anthropocene era, seen from both the human and the animal perspective”.
Before working on her debut feature, in 2015, Petré gained a Master’s degree in Documentary Film Directing from Doc Nomads, the European travelling film school spanning Portugal, Hungary and Belgium. Her documentary short Pulse won the Silver Dove for Outstanding Artistic Contribution at DOK Leipzig 2016, among other awards.
Speaking about the main themes of her project, she explained: “My new film, From the Wild Sea, is rooted in the complexity of human-animal relations. This undeniable intersection also inspired my previous short film, Pulse, a movie that brings the viewer to the hills of a Hungarian deer farm. While Pulse explores how we continuously keep domesticating the wild, From the Wild Sea has a close look at our coexistence with wildlife in these times of climate emergency. I do believe that our current climate-related challenges are partly founded in the ever-widening distance between modern people and the diminishing natural world we once so naturally belonged to. My intention as a filmmaker is to break down those barriers and eliminate the distance between my audience and the animals we meet on screen. To me, these animals are someone, rather than something, and I aim to show them as such. That is, with the same respect and attention as everyone else appearing in the film.”
Check out our exclusive trailer below:
Did you enjoy reading this article? Please subscribe to our newsletter to receive more stories like this directly in your inbox.