The Weather War

The Weather War

The Weather War

The Weather War

2012 / Sweden / 58min

The Weather War is a documentary/art film about man’s attempts to control the weather and harness it for his own purposes. In a blend of land art performance and road movie, artist duo Bigert & Bergström travel to the US tornado belt with their special machine-sculpture, the Tornado Diverter. The goal: To stop a tornado. Along the way, we see historical examples of how the science of meteorology developed in symbiosis with military goals and how these visions evolved into modern ideas of geo-engineering. Controversial ideas with socio-political consequences, spotlighting the big question of who is really entitled to modified weather.

In a larger perspective, the film features the problems faced worldwide due to global climate change. How do we behave to meet those challenges? Do we adapt? Or do we wage war against increasingly aggressive weather phenomena? Bangladesh is building protective walls against coming floods. China shoots rockets into threatening clouds. And in Italy, anti-hail cannons are fired to protect the year’s wine harvest.

This is the final film in the trilogy that Bigert & Bergström have been working with since 2002, dealing with the human obsession with control. The first film, Last Supper from 2005, is about the last meal offered to death row inmates before their execution. In 2008 came Life Extended, a film on the contemporary dream of a longer, or even eternal, life.

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  • Original title
    The Weather War
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
  • Dir. of Photo.
    Lars Siltberg
  • Editing
    Kristofer Nordin
  • Music
    OCSID, Carl Michael von Hausswolff, Jean-Louis Huhta, Edvard Graham Lewis
  • Sound
    Thomas Huhn Ljudligan
  • Duration
    58 min
  • Year
    2012
  • Country
    • Sweden
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Audio Tracks
    ENG
  • Subtitles
    NONE
  • Production
    Bigert & Bergström
    Västmannagatan 73
    11326 Stockholm
    Sweden
    tel: (+46) 708 57 86 52
    e-mail: post@bigertbergstrom.com, bigert@bigertbergstrom.com
  • Distribution
  • Awards

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