The natural environment of our planet - on the big screen

Doclights used their know-how from the production of major nature series on television to make the leap to cinema in 2011. The films "Russia", "Serengeti" and "The Green Universe" each inspired between 100,000 and 150,000 viewers and are therefore amongst the most successful German cinema documentaries of the year. Well-known voices like those of Siegfried Rauch, Hardy Krüger jr. and Benno Fürmann lend the films an unmistakable character.    

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It’s right next to us and we think we know it: the forest. Whoever looks closely, however, will discover a completely new world. Intimate observation of familiar creatures like foxes, wild boars and red deer is alternated with the stories of rather more unusual forest...

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The green Universe

It’s right next to us and we think we know it: the forest. Whoever looks closely, however, will discover a completely new world. Intimate observation of familiar creatures like foxes, wild boars and red deer is alternated with the stories of rather more unusual forest dwellers such as Purple Emperors, plant lice, liverworts, Myrmicinae, stag beetles and Corydalis. This creates a refined jigsaw of natural history, lending the mythical forest a tangible magic. With “Das grüne Wunder – Unser Wald/The green miracle – our forest“, renowned nature filmmaker Jan Haft has rendered a unique inventory of the biodiversity of the German forest. The noble, poetic images, which make this documentary such a spectacular voyage of discovery, were created during a total filming period of six years. Narrated by Grimm Prize-winner Benno Fürmann, “The green Universe“ is a scientifically accurate and emotionally enthralling invitation to discover the thrilling life-forms of our forest with newly increased awareness. A film by Jan HaftNarrated by Benno Fürmann. A film by Jan Haft, Producer: Jörn Röver, Producer: Tom Synnatzschke, Co-production of Polyband and NDR.

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Since Bernhard Grzimek made this African natural wonder world famous, people have been spellbound by the now UNESCO World Heritage Site. Every year the vast expanses turn into a stage for an extraordinary cast: 1.3 million wildebeests, 400,000 gazelles and 200,000 zebras,...

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© Reinhard Radke
© Reinhard Radke
© Reinhard Radke

Serengeti

Since Bernhard Grzimek made this African natural wonder world famous, people have been spellbound by the now UNESCO World Heritage Site. Every year the vast expanses turn into a stage for an extraordinary cast: 1.3 million wildebeests, 400,000 gazelles and 200,000 zebras, under pressure of the rotation of wet and dry periods, set off through the endless savanna in search of food and water. The hoofed animals are constantly persecuted throughout by lions, leopards and cheetahs. And as if that weren’t enough, crocodiles lie in wait for the herds as they cross rivers. The fight for survival is presented in spectacular images in the nature documentary “Serengeti”. The sensitive camera work of filmmaker Reinhard Radke, as well as the implementation of the latest technology, including extreme slow-motion cameras with up to 2000 pictures per second, allow behavior to be seen on the big screen that has until now been undetectable to human eyes. Narrator Hardy Krüger jr. leads the viewer through this unique cinematic experience. Narrated by Hardy Krüger Jr.. A Film by Reinhard Radke, Producer: Jörn Röver, Producer: Tom Synnatzschke, Co-production of Universum and NDR.

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Grazing elk in the inner Urals, lithe Siberian tigers on the pacific coast, fighting sea-eagles in Kamchatka, polar bears on the hunt in the Arctic, or frisky seals diving in Lake Baikal – all of this is Russia. This elaborately produced documentary whisks the viewer off...

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Russia - Realm of Tigers, Bears and Volcanos

Grazing elk in the inner Urals, lithe Siberian tigers on the pacific coast, fighting sea-eagles in Kamchatka, polar bears on the hunt in the Arctic, or frisky seals diving in Lake Baikal – all of this is Russia. This elaborately produced documentary whisks the viewer off to one of the most spectacular natural environments of our planet. We travel from the volcanoes of the half-island Kamchatka via the Black and Caspian Seas to the Caucasus, and from there to the Urals and the Siberian taiga, to Lake Baikal and Wrangel Island in the Arctic Ocean. In 1200 days of shooting, involving over 100,000 kilometres of travel and more than 600 hours of raw material, the team have captured the wild side of Russia. The result: a stunningly-filmed, fascinating production which has taken cinema viewers on a magical journey to the mysterious, largely uncharted expanses of a country whose rare wildlife and remote regions may even now be unknown to its own people.  Narrated by Siegfried Rauch, Producer: Jörn Röver, Producer: Tom Synnatzschke, Co-production of Polyband Medien and NDR.

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Spektakuläre Sturmfluten, weite Wattlandschaften, hohe Dünen und schroffe Küsten: Die Nordsee ist vielgestaltig und überraschend unbekannt. In über 2.000 Drehtagen über und unter Wasser drehten die Teams selten gefilmte Tiere und spektakuläre...

Die Nordsee - Unser Meer

Spektakuläre Sturmfluten, weite Wattlandschaften, hohe Dünen und schroffe Küsten: Die Nordsee ist vielgestaltig und überraschend unbekannt. In über 2.000 Drehtagen über und unter Wasser drehten die Teams selten gefilmte Tiere und spektakuläre Naturaufnahmen. Moderne HD-Highspeedkameras machen aus dem Flug der Basstölpel einen optischen Hochgenuss, aufwändige Unterwasser-Kameras zeigen anrührende Bilder von Kegelrobben und Seehunden, kämpfende Hummer oder auch den merkwürdigen Eishai, der in den Tiefen der nördlichsten Fjorde Norwegens lebt. Zeitraffer, Zeitlupen, Kran- und Schienenfahrten lassen uns die Nordsee aus einer neuen Perspektive erleben, malerische Flugaufnahmen laden zum Träumen ein. So wird „Die Nordsee" zu einem einmaligen Kino-Erlebnis für die große Leinwand.
Kinostart: 18. April 2013 Länge: 90 Minuten Verleih: Polyband Medien GmbH Kamera & Regie: Thoralf Grospitz & Jens Westphalen, Florian Graner, Robert Morgenstern, Alexander Haßkerl & Ivo Nörenberg, Jan Haft, Kay Ziesenhenne & Felix Pustal, Ernst Sasse & Hans-Peter Kuttler u.a. Schnitt und Schnittregie: Klaus Müller Produzent: Jörn Röver NDR Naturfilm / Doclights GmbH Producer: Britta Kiesewetter Sprecher: Axel Prahl

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