The New Wild

Life in the Abandoned Lands

As rural populations age and decline, new and surprising landscapes are appearing across Europe. Farmland lies abandoned, reclaimed by a self-willed natural world: trees are growing where once there were fields; wild animals roam free amongst the debris.

Away from the pull of our economic centres, marginalised regions are witnessing the start of a demographic and cultural collapse. Ways of life become stories, stories become history, and as the city grows the memory fades…

But things grow from the cracks of ruin, and in the cracks of great change are small stories. In an abandoned alpine valley, one village’s precarious attempt to survive offers a series of reflections on our changing relationship with the countryside and as such with the natural world itself.

A challenging, silent, poetic film that shows places which have been recaptured by nature almost without words. Slow-paced and reflective.

Director(s): Christopher Thomson
Script: Christopher Thomson
Production: Christopher Thomson, Michael Beismann
Music: Jez Riley French
Actors: Graziano Della Schiava, Kaspar Nickles, Analisa Pellizotti, Tommaso Saggiorato, Marina Tolazzi, The Dordollesi, Sarah Waring
Year: 2017
Duration: 68 min
Picture format: 16:9
Our age recommendation: 16
Language (audio): English
Language (subtitles): German, Italian
Country of origin: Austria, Italy, United Kingdom
Shooting Locations: Switzerland, Austria, Italy

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Main topic(s): Urbanization + Smart Cities
Secondary topics: infrastructure neighborhoods forest
Mentions: abandoned lands rural alpine valley cracks of ruin landscapes nature silence Morgessa Villages forsaken villages mountain villages rebuilding urban exodus migration

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