Films about plants at Rotterdam festival

This 30 April 2014 video is the trailer of the film Baobabs between land and sea.

At the Wildlife Film Festival in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, there are not only films about animals, but films about plants as well. Like Baobabs between land and sea.

The festival organisers write about this film:

By their sheer size and original shapes, baobabs are among the most remarkable trees on the planet. Relatively unknown, in Madagascar these giants are currently threatened by deforestation. To study them, in the heart of their forests, Cyrille and Wilfrid travel by pirogue, exploring 400 km of wild and isolated coastline in the south-west of Madagascar.

The film chronicles the expedition. It reveals discoveries, meetings, scientific results of the two explorers, baobabs and landscapes that had mostly never been filmed or even photographed! This truly amazing film has its world première at WFFR.

There is also the film The Fir Tree, inspired by a Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale.

The festival organisers write about it:

As a cone the little fir tree is kidnapped by a mouse and it must take root and grow up far away from its family. The tree is hopeful and has big ambitions. It wants to grow so high that it reaches the sky and becomes a very successful tree.

Through the ‘eyes’ of the tree we see the world passing by. It is impatient and only looks forward to growing up as fast as possible. The tree tries to resist all troubles but one day in December everything changes when a little boy falls in love with the fir tree.

This video is the trailer of the film Once Upon a Tree.

The festival organisers write about it:

Sitting in her favourite oak tree, 11-year old Filine encounters little wonders in the natural world around her. She sees the beauty and dramas of the life in and around a tree most people are not aware of. Then, as trees fall down in the forest, Filine starts to fear that one day she will lose the special oak tree. The rebellious girl makes a plan to stop the tree chopping in the forest. But what if nothing changes anymore?

This video is about the film Plants Behaving Badly: Murder and Mayhem; also at the festival. It says about itself:

Two groups of plants exhibit such intriguing behavior that a century and a half ago they attracted the attention of Charles Darwin, and these same plants still fascinate scientists today. Plants Behaving Badly reveals a world of deceit and treachery worthy of any fictional thriller.

Darwin’s book on ‘On The Origin Of Species’ shook the scientific world. Yet it was his next book, devoted entirely to orchids that filled in the gaps and clarified his revolutionary ideas. Orchids have an ethereal beauty, whether growing hundreds of feet up in a misty rainforest or along the verges of busy suburban roads. But their exotic flowers are shaped for just one purpose – to seduce pollinators.

Murder and Mayhem examines unusual traits that some species have evolved, beginning with a look at carnivorous varieties. In Borneo, a type of pitcher plant survives by utilizing a symbiotic relationship with ants.

The festival organisers write about it:

When carnivorous plants were first discovered they caused uproar in the scientific world. The greatest botanist of the 18th century, Carl Linnaeus pronounced the idea that they ate insects blasphemous, that it went against the way God had ordered the world.

More than a century later another great naturalist, Charles Darwin, would prove him wrong. Darwin worked on many kinds of carnivorous plants and what he discovered both astounded and frightened him. Here were plants that behaved like animals! Today we are still finding new surprises in the world of carnivorous plants.

The film travels from the swamps of the southern US, to remote, isolated mountains rising above the rainforests of South America, and from Borneo to South Africa searching out the latest astounding discoveries.

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