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Oscillating between aesthetic and documentary forms, KALTES TAL describes the daily business of a strip mine harvesting lime. The material removed is processed and returned to nature through forest liming. This measure attempts to counteract acid rain that troubles the forest floor. A cycle like a Mobius strip – an irreversible consequence due to the mining materials in order to restore the fragile natural balance. Lime dust delicately dusts the forest floor. A white, spherical alternative world opens, questioning our ambivalent relationship to nature.

Johannes Krell was born in 1982 and studied Cinematography and Media Arts. His films include: the shorts ROOM ONE (2009), STATION (2010), A CLOUD OF UNKNOWING (2011), STILL LIFE (2014), KALTES TAL (2016), and UMBRA (2019).

Florian Fischer was born in 1981 and studied Communication Design and Image Sciences. His films include: STILL LIFE (2014), KALTES TAL (2016), NO SEX PLEASE (2017), and UMBRA (2019).
Genre Environment/Ecology, Experimental
Category Short, Documentary
Year of Production 2016
Directors Johannes Krell, Florian Fischer
Screenplay Johannes Krell, Florian Fischer
Cinematography Johannes Krell, Florian Fischer
Producers Stephan Helmut Beier, Ray Peter Maletzki
Production Company RosenPictures Filmproduktion
Length 12 min
Format 1:1.85
Original Version
 no dialogue
Sound Technology Dolby Surround
Sound Technology Dolby Surround, 5.1
Festivals Rotterdam 2017, Clermont-Ferrand 2017, Hot Docs 2017, Chicago 2017
Awards  MDM Pitching Prize Newcomer Competition 2014, German Short Film Award 2016, Special Mention "Jury Documentaire sur Grand Écran" Clermont-Ferrand 2017
With backing from Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, Kunststiftung Sachsen-Anhalt

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