THE NEW WILDERNESS

DE NIEUWE WILDERNIS

By Mark VERKERK, Ruben SMIT

ATLAS INTERNATIONAL FILM - as SALES All rights, World

Documentary - Completed 2013

This award winning wildlife feature documentary portrays the four seasons and the cycles of life and death as they occur in the "Oostvaardersplassen" natural reserve, situated just 20 miles from Amsterdam. Shot in 4K Cinemascope it sold over 750.000 tickets at the Dutch box office in 2013.

    • Year of production
    • 2013
    • Genres
    • Documentary, Environmental
    • Countries
    • NETHERLANDS
    • Languages
    • DUTCH
    • Duration
    • 97 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Mark VERKERK, Ruben SMIT
    • Writer(s)
    • Mark VERKERK, Leo VAN DER GOOT, Ruben SMIT
    • Producer(s)
    • Ignas VAN SCHALCK (EMS Film), Ton OKKERSE (EMS Films)
    • Synopsis
    • In the heart of one of the most densely populated areas of Europe lie the Oostvaardersplassen - a unique experiment in letting nature run its course. In just 40 years, 6,000 hectares of newly formed polder has been transformed into one of Europe's most dynamic and productive wetlands - home to some of Europe's rarest birds, horses and other animals.
      Using the latest techniques in timelapse, underwater, underground, aerial and macro photography, "The New Wilderness" explores the diverse worlds of this fascinating natural reserve.
      Filmed over 600 days, the film tells the story from the beginning of spring through the end of winter. The birth of a Konik foal and various other young animals opens the film. After a spectacular summer storm, shallow pools come to life in the wetlands and a shoal of carp is stranded in too-shallow water, thus providing food for maggots that in turn attract birds.
      Death is of course an integral part of life, with young foxes chasing baby geese in slow motion and a young foal struggling throughout fall and then winter to keep up with its healthier peers.
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