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Establishing Eden

Broersen & Lukács

Netherlands – 2016
Video – duration 10 min

New Zealand’s forests, green hills and spectacular rock formations are popular among filmmakers. In blockbusters like Avatar (James Cameron, 2009) and the Lord of the Rings film series (Peter Jackson, 2001-2014), these shots carry the viewer to another world, a new garden of Eden, evergreen and unspoiled. In Establishing Eden, Broersen & Lukács focus on the establishing shot: the shots in which a landscape is identified and becomes one of the main protagonists in a film. Here, however, the image is fragmented, fiction takes over reality: mountains and forests exist for their cinematic alter egos. Paradise is a seductive construction that could explode at any moment.


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