Scene from the film Becoming Animal
Scene from the film Becoming Animal
Scene from the film Becoming Animal
Scene from the film Becoming Animal
Scene from the film Becoming Animal
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Becoming Animal

  • Switzerland
  • United Kingdom
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Shot in Grand Teton National Park, this immersive film essay draws together the distinct sensibilities of filmmakers Peter Mettler and Emma Davie and philosopher David Abram to encounter the spaces where humans and animals meet. Images are overlaid with a soundscape of shivering leaves and animal murmurs, rushing rivers and electronic voices, insects and automobiles. In order to capture all this Becoming Animal embraces the sensory tools of cinema. Various tableaus of the wilderness and urbanity are set up: inquisitive antelope and digital billboards are seamlessly contrasted, Buffalo block traffic, moose clash antlers, and a snail's body becomes a landscape of its own. Conscious of their own complicity with the animal world, the filmmakers invite us to explore this ‘more than human world’. The viewer is given permission to navigate this exquisitely intricate system in which everything is alive and expressive, humans, animals and landscapes are inextricably interdependent, and there is no such thing as empty space.


  • Original title
    Becoming Animal
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Emma Davie, Peter Mettler
  • DOP
    Peter Mettler
  • Editing
    Emma Davie, Peter Mettler
  • Music
    AtomTM, Thomas Tallis, Gregorio Allegri, Frank Bretschneider a.o.
  • Sound
    Jacques Kieffer, Peter Mettler
  • Duration
    79 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Switzerland
    • United Kingdom
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Production
  • Festivals
    • CPH:DOX, Copenhagen, Denmark
    • Docs Against Gravity, Warsaw & Wroclaw, Poland
    • Documenta Madrid, Spain
    • Bildrausch Filmfestival, Basel, Switzerland
    • Edinburgh International Film Festival, Edinburgh, UK
    • Filmfest München, Munich, Germany
    • Doc Montevideo, Montevideo, Uruguay
    • DokuFest, Prizren, Kosovo
    • Open City Documentary Festival, London, UK
    • Hebrides Internatonal Film Festival, UK
    • Muestra Internacional Documental de Bogotá, Columbia
    • Imagine Science Film Festival, New York City, USA
    • Kinoatelje Film Festival, Italy and Slovenia
    • Planet In Focus, Toronto, Canada
    • Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival, Czech Republic
    • Festival dei Popoli, Florence, Italy
    • Duisburger Filmwoche, Germany
    • Recontres Internationales du Documentaire de Montréal
    • International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, Netherlands
    • Porto Post Doc, Portugal
    • Solothurner Filmtage, Switzerland
    • Göteborg Film Festival, Sweden
    • Edinburgh Science Festival, UK
    • Seoul Eco Film Festival, Korea
    • Ecofest International Ecology Film Festival, Bucharest, Romania
    • Human Rights Nights, Bologna, Italy
    • ANFFIS Animal Film Festival, Suncheon, Korea is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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