Where do movie stars and well-known directors go after holidays? Back to work? Nooo! Before that there is a stop they love to do to show their suntan: Venice Film Festival. Between the end of August and the beginning of September the oldest film Festival in the world becomes the house of famous actors and directors from all over the world (this year, among others, Al Pacino and the Mexican director Alejandro Iñárritu showed themselves here).
I’m here too, though I am not a famous actress (not yet, but watch out, we never know what can happen in life). I’m only a cinema addict and festivals are always a great occasion for cinema lovers to watch the premieres of movies that will be in theaters months later.
Here at Bios Urn we always think green, so guess what? I found out that there is a prize for the greenest movie at the Festival (it is called Green drop Award). Waiting to discover the greenest movie in 2014, the organizers of the prize suggest an historical excursus through the greenest movies of the past. So let’s discover the greenest movies, that is to say films that reflected a certain sensibility on environmental themes on the big screen.
If you trust critics, Bertrand Tavernierasserts that already in 1896 the Lumière brothers proposed us the “first ecological film ever made”: Oil Wells of Baku.
In the XX century, on the big screen nature overcomes man various times. In The Birds by Alfred Hitchock (1961) nature shows its power and birds are no longer the ones in a cage. While in Planet of the Apes (1968, Franklin J. Schaffner) man is dominated by apes who are, sadly enough, similar to the worst mankind.
In the 90s various film depicted catastrophic climatic disasters. One above all The day after tomorrow (1993) by Roland Emmerich. The alert about climate change given by scientists is left unheard. The weather becomes increasingly violent and cold causing more and more deaths every day until – at the end of the movie – the northern hemisphere is completely covered in ice and snow.
In recent years, Avatar (2010) by James Cameron presents ecology in 3D. The movie is set in mid-22nd century, when harmony on Pandora, a moon in the Alpha Century, is interrupted by the desire of humans for unobtanium, a valuable mineral presents on this moon while Earth’s natural resources have been severely depleted. In the end, once again nature wins and humans will have to find a new way to cohabit with her.
So, what great green movie are you up for tonight? My choice is: the Academy Award winning documentary film An Inconvenient Truth (2006) by Davis Guggenheim…what about you?