Edition 20: 6-14 August, 2021

Balkan Dox

The Mushroom Speaks

Switzerland
2021 — 90 min / Colour

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Synopsis

THE MUSHROOM SPEAKS explores the healing qualities of fungi and their ability to regenerate. This personal journey takes on a walk alongside parasites, symbionts and decomposers offering ideas of both interconnectedness and collaboration. Driven by a vision of resistance, the encounters seek possibilities of renewal and question what connects us when the world seems to be falling apart. With mushrooms and their allies the film invites to imagine a myco-cultural (r)evolution. What if the fungus could help us address and radically change our relationship to this world?

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Directors' Biography

Driven by curious encounters, Marion Neumann is an intuitive filmmaker. Her work is rooted in personal experience, navigating between documentary and experimental approaches, weaving narratives between science, poetry, and social activism. Her work aspires a sense of wonder to reflect on our ways of being in this world. As a cinematographer among her most illustrious collaborators are Jiska Rickels, Pauline Julier, Michel Favre, Werner Penzel and Nicolas Humbert. Based in Geneva, she co-founded an artist collective with local filmmakers to encourage independent productions and unconventional storytelling.

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Director

Marion Neumann

Producer

Luc Peter

Cinematography

Marion Neumann

Editing

Orsola Valenti

Sound

Olga Koksharova

Screenings & Awards

Visions du Réel, Switzerland, 2021

CPH:DOX, Denmark, 2021

Krakow IFF, Poland, 2021

Official Film Website

http://themushroomspeaks.ch/en/