Olanda

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    Olanda

    Directed by

    Germany

    2019

    154 min

    • Romanian

    Documentary

    A rampant mycelium. A starry sky above Romania’s Carpathian mountains. These first two images define the dimensions of Olanda: Details and fine structures on the one hand, constellations and the vast whole on the other. The film revolves around a seasonal product of the local area – the mushroom – and mainly stays with those who collect it, with the humans to whom it comes closest, on the forest paths, in tents, on car journeys and in conversation. From here, it keeps on branching out like so many rhizomes, following each new pathway, all of which relate to money: to local and international traders, to an improvised shoe market in a clearing, to gambling among colleagues. The film narrates these industrial cycles by taking on a mushroom-like structure itself, without ever losing its theoretical centre along the way. This is not only an analysis of economic structures, but the sensual document of the rhythm of daily life in the forest as experienced by the mushroom collectors, the first link in the supply chain. In the cinema, it becomes an audiovisual mushroom trip into the magical world of the Carpathians.

    Festivals

    Credits

    Screenplay
    André Siegers
    Cinematography
    Simon Quack
    Editing
    Bernd Schoch
    Music
    Thomas Weber
    Pete Kember
    Production
    FUNFERFILM
    Bernd Schoch

    Bernd Schoch

    Germany

    Born in Ettlingen in 1971, studied Media Art at the Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design. He lives and works as a freelance filmmaker in Hamburg. His works include NACHTWACHE, 15. SEPTEMBER (2004), ONSET/OFFSET (2006) and OLANDA (2019).