Oscar-nominated director Markus Imhoof (The Boat is Full) tackles the vexing issue of why bees, worldwide, are facing extinction.

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Synopsis: Oscar-nominated director Markus Imhoof (The Boat is Full) tackles the vexing issue of why bees, worldwide, are facing extinction. With the tenacity of a man out to solve a world-class mystery, he investigates this global phenomenon, from California to Switzerland, China and Australia. Exquisite macro-photography of the bees (reminiscent of Microcosmos) in flight and in their hives reveals a fascinating, complex world in crisis.

Writes Eric Kohn in Indiewire: “Imhoof captures the breeding of queen bees in minute detail, ventures to a laboratory to witness a bee brainscan, and discovers the dangerous prospects of a hive facing the infection of mites. In this latter case, the camera’s magnifying power renders the infection in sci-fi terms, as if we’ve stumbled into a discarded scene from David Cronenberg’s The Fly.” This is a strange and strangely moving film that raises questions of species survival in cosmic as well as apiary terms.

Genre

Documentary

Rated

NR - Treat as PG

Language

English and German with English Subtitles

Starring

Fred Jaggi – Himself
Randolf Menzel – Himself
John Miller – Himself
Liane Singer – Herself
Heidrun Singer – Herself
Zhao Su Zhang – Herself
Fred Terry – Himself
Boris Baer – Himself
Joseph MacIlvaine – Himself
André Maritz – Himself
Layne Pauly – Herself
Robert Schneider – Himself
Eric Robinson – Himself
Elisabeth Schild – Herself
Tiffany Bate – Herself
Rodolfo Jaffe – Himself
Andrin – Himself
Barbara Baer-Imhoof – Herself
Lucien – Himself
Robert Hunger-Bühler – Narrator (voice)

Directed by

Markus Imhoof

Written by

Markus Imhoof

Produced by

Pierre-Alain Meier
Markus Imhoof
Thomas Kufus
Helmut Grasser

Awards

AWARDS
Lola for Best Documentary Film, German Film Awards, 2013
Quartz for Best Documentary Film, Swiss Film Awards, 2013
Quartz for Film Score, Swiss Film Awards, 2013
Best Director, Documentary Film, Austria ROMY Awards, 2013
Best Documentary Film, Austria ROMY Awards, 2013
Best Sound Design, Austrian Film Awards, 2013
Best Documentary Film, Bavarian Film Awards, 2013
Best Documentary Film, Zurich Film Awards, 2012
Audience Award, Solothurn Film Festival, 2013
Best Documentary Film, Santa Barbara International Film Festival, 2013
Best Feature Award, Green Film Festival San Francisco, 2013
Audience Award, UK Green Film Festival, 2013
Audience Award, Pelicam International Film Festival, 2013


NOMINATIONS
Audience Award Runner Up for Best Documentary Feature, Palm Springs International Film Festival, 2013


OFFICIAL SELECTIONS
Locarno Film Festival, 2012
Toronto International Film Festival, 2012
Hamburg Film Festival, 2012
Palm Springs International Film Festival, 2013
Gotenborg International Film Festival, 2013
Portland International Film Festival, 2013
Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival, 2013
Seattle International Film Festival, 2013
San Francisco Green Film Festival, 2013
Traverse City Film Festival, 2013
Tallgrass Film Festival, 2013

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Country of Origin

Austria / Germany / Switzerland

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