Autotrofia

Anton Vidokle
2020 • Italy • 32’
Portuguese Premiere
Portuguese Premiere
Heritage Award
Heritage Award

The film documents an ancient pagan fertility ritual that is still practiced in the south of Italy, in which two trees that represent summer and winter are joined into one supernaturally tall tree, completing the seasonal cycle created by the orbit of our planet around the Sun. Based on writings by Chekrygin and Vernadsky, it also explores the ecological dimension of Russian Cosmism: to evolve in such a way that humans would not need to kill and consume any other living organism in order to produce the energy necessary for living, and instead learn from green plants how to generate nutrition directly from the Sun.

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