Located in northern Canada, Fort McMurray is home of the Athabasca Oil Sands, the largest industrial project on the planet. A place of unbridled opportunities where dreams can be fulfilled. Here, people from all over the world pursue their fortunes. "Dark Eden" explores the reality behind the dream of a better life. What is lost and what is gained in the pursuit of happiness? And unexpectedly, the films turns out to be a very personal one.
"Dark Eden" is an extremely well-done documentary film with powerful apocalyptic images, close to the people it portrays, but without pointing a finger at anyone. A film with a clear and sad message and a very honest and moving introspection by filmmaker Jasmin Herold. Great storytelling.
|Director(s):||Jasmin Herold, Michael David Beamish|
|Script:||Jasmin Herold, Michael David Beamish|
|Actors:||Olga Hoormann, Markus Hoormann, Robbie Picard, Barnabas Maria Akech, Kerry Hammond, Stuart Menningke, Cynthia Tomlinson, Arianna Tomlinson, Bryan Laboucan, Tamara Austin, Nick Fee, Mary Whitford, Rod Debolt|
|Our age recommendation:||16|
|Language (audio):||German, English|
|Country of origin:||Germany|
|Shooting Locations:||Germany, Canada|
|Screening rights:||W-Film ()|
With clever dramaturgy and haunting scenes, the filmmakers manage to understand the survival strategy of the protagonists and to read it as a parable for the state of this world. "Dark Eden" is a film that remains in our memories. Excitingly told and with impressive images, it brings a piece of world and self-knowledge to the screen, and is therefore a valuable contribution for all those who care about this world and want to contribute to its salvation. We wish this film as large an audience as possible. – Braunschweig International Film Festival Winner Green Horizons Award
The sound design and the camera work are excellent and up to the end a clear aesthetic concept pervades the film, which shows an impressive maturity as a debut. "Dark Eden" deals with an important topic that concerns us globally and not only illuminates but also touches us because of its personal and unique history. – Deutsche Film- und Medienbewertung. FBW
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