Knitting together fiction, archives and documentaries, Marten Persiel’s “Everything Will Change” is a dystopian movie that is one of the most important in our time – the extinction of wildlife.
Set in 2054, when the wildlife disappears, it is the story of three friends who set out to discover what happened on their planet. The answer they discovered was in a decade-in the 2020s যখন when a brighter future was still possible, but the lack of action once prevented the massive loss of vast biodiversity.
German director Persiel had previously directed “This is not California”, which won Best Picture in the Perspective category at the 2012 Berlinale. “Everything Will Change” premiered worldwide last Friday at the Zurich Film Festival as part of the Focus competition. TF1 Studios is managing worldwide sales of the film.
In Zurich, Perseus finds film inspiration for a walk in Portugal, where he now lives. He heard a bank call, at a time of year when hundreds usually did so in chorus. Because? Intensive agriculture drained all the water from the nearby river. “I realized that this voiceless voice won’t get an answer, so it won’t be able to give birth.”
He further realized that future generations will not know what they are missing, because they will not realize it at first – with detrimental consequences for the fight to protect biodiversity. “Our ability to miss something is our care and our ability to do something,” Parcel explains.
As such, the film is primarily about the “shifting baseline” syndrome, an idea that has quickly gained environmental traction since it was first created in the 1990s. In sum, it describes how people have a weak idea about how much the natural world has been degraded by our actions, because our “baseline” changes with each generation.
Setting his film in 2054, Perseus gives listeners the opportunity to face directly what they and the next generation will lose – and what they have to do to prevent it.
Parcel said his initial plan was to create an archive-based documentary about biodiversity and extinction. The imaginary time travel element came later. He wanted to create an immersive experience for the audience instead of just an authentic essay.
“I really believe in movies and the big screen,” he said.
The future of 2054 has been brightly realized, given that it was originally shot on camera and without visible effects. The 2054 world of Perseus is no wild nature, barren and flat. Thanks to the color infrared camera technology, all green is rendered in a reddish color that gives the earth a burnt, mysterious look.
From this perspective, his trio has little idea of how diverse the wildlife was just 30 years ago. The research leads them to a distant “ark,” an institute filled with scientists who talk about climate change and the once abundant biodiversity on their planet.
Parcel admits that “everything needs to change” is a “devastating” movie for viewers to see in many ways. However, the third law is even more promising in that it provides possible solutions that people can – and could – face the crisis of extinction.
What is clear, though, is that “everything needs to change” is cinema as activism. This, too, says Perseal, “the labor of love.”