La Waddenzee, Mer des Terres humides, est une région naturelle unique, zone côtière des Pays-Bas, de l'Allemagne et du Danemark qui, selon les marées, est tantôt mer, tantôt terre. Johan van der Keuken filme cette "jungle plate", sa faune, sa flore et ses habitants. Leur vie a été bouleversée par les développements économiques, techniques et industriels de la région.
Johan Van der Keuken’s films are a stunning example of formal beauty. The Dutch filmmaker’s lively style and attentive eye are two features that stand out most in his work. In 1968 he made “Flat Jungle”, in which he studied the Wadden Sea, a natural area on the edge of the North Sea, calling attention to the way Man lives together with his environment, and explaining their inextricable interdependence. Rarely has his famous interplay between different scales, between wide overview and micro focus, seemed so relevant: 40 years ago the ecological debate was only just entering the public arena, and this film pays witness to this historic tide change with unusual sensitivity.
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