Reviews from the Slamdance Film Festival

http://www.slugmag.com/articles/8945/Slamdance-Film-Review-Trees-That-Walk-Alberi-che-Camminano.html

BY JOHN FORD [JOHNFORD@SLUGMAG.COM]

Slamdance Film Festival
Director: Mattia Colombo
Italy/59 min/US Premiere 

Moving from fantastic visuals of forests and trees to loggers and woodcutters to wood carvers and wood workers and all the way past the lumber industry, Trees That Walk follows the path of wood as it’s cut down, cut up, shaped and turned into lumber for homes, works of art, musical instruments and so much more. The film is incredibly pleasing visually and the music, my god, the music couldn’t fit more perfectly—using woodwinds and string instruments (made from wood of course), a haunting yet glorious effect is created throughout the film. The film closes with what is most important when it comes to trees and nature: Accountability. It focuses specifically on a movement to protect the trees of Gezi Park in Turkey, but the sentiment of how much more should and could be done by the human race is clear. With the amount of waste and devastation caused by the people of the world, the deforestation, the thoughtless destruction—something needs to be said about the impact we as humans have on not just trees, but on nature in general. That message from the film came off slightly smaller than perhaps it could have been—especially with the film opening with and repeating a metaphor describing humans as “trees that walk.” We use trees for so much in our lives, and we should be doing more to protect them and preserve them. –John Ford

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Programmer’s Notes:Unknown-2

It’s difficult to describe a film like Trees That Walk without using adjectives like ‘meditative’, ‘thoughtful’ and ‘intricate’. But this film is so much more than that. Based on an idea from Italian writer Erri De Luca, Trees That Walk is about the life and death of trees, their purpose and importance in the world around us and how the cycle of a tree’s life mirrors, in many ways, the cycle of human existence. That probably sounds like a lot of weighty ideas for a film that runs under an hour, but Trees That Walk knows what it wants to do and wastes zero time as it moves us from the forest to the workshop, from open sea to the concert hall. Director Mattia Colombo takes such a simple concept but uses a broad canvas to help us understand the deep connection between man and nature and how that connection can lead to beautiful and important things. Describing Trees That Walk is difficult but not impossible. I would say it’s as if Terrence Malick decided to make a documentary about trees but enlisted Werner Herzog to co-direct it with him. It’s a lush, gorgeous, unexpected and inspiring piece of cinema. – Billy Ray Brewton, Programmer

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