International Jury Statement:
The City of Neubrandenburg Award, which is awarded to the most courageous and artistically and/or socially ambitious film, goes to NATURE: ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
Flamingos walk in front of a photo-wallpaper which display images of their peers. Behind a train window, a computer-animated landscape passes by on a screen. Is this a fake in real space or an installation of the reality?
Digitally reproduced nature serves as artificial scenery and as a cheap replacement for real landscapes, trees and meadows.
Filming absurd situations with impeccable mise-en-scène, the director Sebastian Mulder succeeds in revealing our surreal experiences cinematically. He confronts us with questions about how we will experience nature in the future, and whether that is how we want to experience it. As human beings are embedded within these artificial worlds, the illusion of being between the real and the surreal, and the natural and the artificial, is experienced both psychologically and viscerally.
Nature: All Rights Reserved
Kind regards, from Sebastian Mulder