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What if we could turn back the clock and restore Nature to her virgin state? – before man ‘filled the earth and subdued it’… Kalkalpen National Park was commercial timberland since the Early Middle Ages. Forestry has changed since then, but never as radically as it is changing now. This is probably the hardest decision any forest manager can take: to stop managing – and abandon the work of a hundred generations. However, in these steep limestone mountains in the heart of Austria exactly this decision has been taken. The intention, though, was not to destroy – but to recreate. The forest managers stepped down and let Nature’s own management team take over. This opens the door for new life: as the variety of trees and herbs grows and expands the forests again attract wild animals which once have left the commercial woods. So we are able to witness the unfolding of a canopy of life which hosts lynx, pygmy owls, woodpeckers, black storks, a big number of different caterpillars – and the fascinating Rosalia Longicorn.
Awards: NaturVision 2016: Best Camera ; Deauville Green Award 2016: Special Award ; Jaipur Int. Film Festival 2016: Green Rose Award ; Sichuan TV Festival 2015: Gold Panda for Best cinematography