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The Weather War

DIR: Lars Bergström, Mats Bigert
2012 / Sweden / 58 min

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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.

About

Director Lars Bergström, Mats Bigert
Screenplay
Dir. of Photography 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
Tags ecological, essay, philosophical, poetic, society
Production Bigert & Bergström
Bigert & Bergström
Address:  Västmannagatan 73
City:  11326 Stockholm
Country:  Sweden
Web:  www.bigertbergstrom.com/
E-mail:  ,
Phone:  (+46) 708 57 86 52

Distribution
Festivals

Moderna Museet, Stockholm, 2012 ...

Moderna Museet, Stockholm, 2012


CPH:DOX, Copenhagen, 2012


Gothenburg International Film Festival, 2013


Planete Doc, Warsawa, 2013


CinemAmbiente, Torino, 2013


Docville International Film Festival, Leuven, 2013


Swedish Institute, Paris, 2013


Doclounge, Malmö, 2013


Barcelona International Environmental Film Festival, 2013


Hirschorn Museum, Washington, 2014


Galerie Barbara Thumm, Berlin, 2014


Summerhall, Edinburgh, 2014


21C Museum, Louisville, 2014


“Slow Future,” CCA, Warzaw, 2014


“Strange Weather,” Science Gallery, Dublin, 2014


Environmental Film Festival Melbourne, Australia 2014


Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival, 2014


Växjö Konsthall, 2015

Awards


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