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Production Report featured in
German Films Quarterly 03/2019

Director Marten Persiel follows his debut THIS AIN’T CALIFORNIA with a semi-fictional documentary presenting a futuristic fairytale about the splendor of nature. The year is 2051, and people are looking back at the past. They remember the golden age of the beautiful 2010s and 2020s – a time when it was still possible to experience wild nature first hand. According to official estimates from the United Nations, we are currently losing 200 natural species every day. THE WAY WE WERE takes us forward into a bankrupt future that we may well be bound for. We meet Ben (Noah Saveedra) in 2051 and watch him saving the world by making people feel something they thought they had forgotten...
Genre Environment/Ecology, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Road Movie
Category Docu-Fiction
Director Marten Persiel
Screenplay Marten Persiel, Aisha Prigann
Cinematography Felix Leiberg
Cast Noah Saavedra, Paul G. Raymond, Jessamine Bliss Bell, Wim Wenders, Rodolfo Dirzo, Prof. Dr. Josef Reichholf, Dr. Cary Fowler, Pamela Ronald
Producers Martin Heisler, Katharina Bergfeld
Co-Producer Annemiek van der Hell
Production Company Flare Film, in co-production with Windmill Film
Shooting Dates June-December 2019
With backing from Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, BKM, German Federal Film Board / FFA Filmförderungsanstalt, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Nordmedia, German Federal Film Fund / DFFF Deutscher Filmförderfonds, RBB, NRD, BR, KRO, ARTE

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