The 21st publication of the environmental festival of Seia, which is going to happen on 10th to 17th of October of this year, gathered the major inspiration for his Official Selection from the Papal Encyclical concerning the environment and climate changes. The opening movie is ‘The Hour of the Wolf’, of the French producer Jean-Jacques Annaud, a fiction about the wolf, a species that is in danger of extinction, which is also happening in Serra da Estrela.
The organization of the Cine’Eco – The International Festival of Environmental Cinema of Serra da Estrela has just spread in his site the official list of the selected works and the philosophy that marked the choices of movies for the 21st publication of the festival, which takes place at the Culture City Hall from 10th to the 17th of October.
The Official Selection Cine’Eco 2015 was inspired in the Encyclical of Francisco, The Pope, spread by the Vatican in last June entitled ‘Laudato Si, About the Care of the Common House’, an important manifesto that puts for the first time the Catholic Church in the center of the environmental and climate discussion that anticipates in some form the debate of the World-wide Conference on the Climatic Alterations that will occur in the next November.
Altogether there are selected nearly 80 movies, of 20 countries, distributed by several competitive sections, where it is included International Long and Short, Series and Documentaries for Television, Long and Short of the Lusofonia and The Regional View. All show the main concern towards the environmental care and the acknowledgement of the responsibility of the human hand in the global heating and necessity of changing our way of life, to save the planet. The Encyclical is an extraordinary document, which has been greeted by religious leaders, environmentalists, investigators, leaders of international organizations and naturally it has inspired the organization of the Cine’Eco 2015.
‘The Hour of the Wolf’ made by Jean-Jacques Annaud, (the producer of ‘Seven Years in the Tibet’, ‘The Name of Rosa’ and ‘The Bear’), is first being held on Cine’Eco, like an opening preview before reaching the commercial rooms at the next week. The movie is a fiction full of adventures, with environmental concerns regarding the history of the wolf as an endangered species that during centuries, including in our mountain, Serra da Estrela, established a relation of mutual respect with the Man.
‘The Hour of the Wolf’ tells the history of a Chinese student in the time of the maoism, which is sent for the interior of Mongolia to teach the shepherds and the local villagers to read and he finds out that the population of wolves is threatened by the decisions of an official of the central government. ‘Walls and the Tiger’, realized by Sushma Kallam, a documentary of 83 minutes, passed in India, analyses the necessity of balance between economical progress, social integration, environmental protection and how to integrate industrialization and agriculture in a sustainable way; it is the film which will close the session.
In the features of the International Competition, there stand out movies that advocate several branching of the world-wide environmental crisis, which are mentioned in the text of The Pope Francisco: how to change our way of life (‘All the Time of the World’, of Suzanne Crocker from Canada or ‘On the contrary (with vegetables)’, of Anne Closset from Belgium and ‘Global Shopping Center Village’, of Ulli Gladik, Áustria from Croatia), the substitution of the use of fuels fossils (‘Black Ice’, of Maarten van Rouveroy van Nieuwaal from Holland / Russia), the biodiversity (‘Restriction’, of Peter Galison and Robb Moss from USA), the water, the energy and waste material, (‘Planetarium‘, of Guy Reid from United Kingdom / USA and I ‘Move’, of Ellard Vasen from Holland), the pollution of the air (MaldiMare, of Matteo Bastianelli from Italy), the technological advances (Looking Desperately for a Clean Zone’, of Marc Khanne from France) and the natural catastrophes caused by the climate changes (Paradise, of Nash Ang from Philippines).
This and other subjects with an environmental approach will make part of a wide range of the programming of the Cine’Eco 2015, that this year marks his 21st publication with a set of parallel activities and a strategic partnership with the Endesa enterprise.