Image of movie Wood
Image of movie Wood
Image of movie Wood
Cinematography: DIAGONALE ’20 COLLECTION – THE UNFINISHED

Wood

Ebba Sinzinger, Michaela Kirst, Monica Lăzurean-Gorgan
Austria, Romania, Germany 2020
96min
OV w/ GER subtitles & OV w/ EN subtitles

It’s somehow bizarre and definitely embarrassing when the film footage of illegal logging secretly shot by environmental activists is screened at the Romanian Ministry for Forest and Waters – showing a manager of one of the biggest timber companies mentioning of how politicians tried to put pressure on his firm. “But we’re too big,” he adds. WOOD is an investigation into the illegal logging trade, focusing on Peru and Romania in particular, the latter of which turns out to be a veritable El Dorado for this corrupt business, whose tentacles the film follows to China, Russia, and the US. After suspicious companies such as the Austria-based Schweighofer group have been in their sights for years, the activists of the EIA (the Environmental Investigation Agency, a global NGO) get themselves fitted with secret cameras and wired up like CIA agents to prove their shady practices. WOOD is driven by the activists’ engagement, who are committed to taking a side. The film can be seen as part of a recent tradition of highly relevant documentaries on environmental matters that use the power of images and the directness of cinema to tell their stories. (Gunnar Landsgesell)

In the presence of Michaela KirstEbba Sinzinger and Vincent Lucassen.

Paneldiscussion „Undercover - Investigative journalism as a democratic political act“ after the screening on Wednesday, October 28th, 19.45, LE STUDIO Film und Bühne c/o Studio Molière
Panel: Christoph Lehermayr (Journalist und Author), Ebba Sinzinger (Director und Producer), Michaela Kirst (Director and Journalist) and Alexander von Bismarck (Head of Environmental Investigation Agency).
Moderation: Daniela Kraus (Presseclub Concordia)

Ebba Sinzinger: CHARGAFF – EIN IROKESE AUS CZERNOWITZ (1996), DAYDREAM NATION (2000), BORN IN THE YEAR OF THE HARE (2007)
Michaela Kirst: JESUS LIEBT DICH (2008), TATORT: REGENWALD (2011), DIE MYSTIK DER DERWISCHE (2019)
Monica Lăzurean-Gorga: DOAR O RÃSUFLARE (2016), DACII LIBERI (2018)

Credits
  • Alexander von Bismarck
  • David Gehl
  • Gabriel Paun
  • Bogdan Micu
  • Ebba Sinzinger
  • Michaela Kirst
  • Monica Lăzurean-Gorgan
  • Attila Boa
  • Jakub Bejnarowicz
  • Jörg Burger
  • Lukas Gnaiger
  • Jerzy Palacz
  • Andrea Wagner
  • Roland Stöttinger
WILDart FILM, Filmtank, 4Proof Film

Magnetfilm

filmdelights
DCP
Farbe
Tue 27 Oct
21:00
Metro, Historischer Saal
OV w/ GER subtitles
Wed 28 Oct
19:45
Le Studio
OV w/ EN subtitles
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