A natural reserve that was created pretty much by accident in the world’s second most densely populated country, the Netherlands, is more than ready for its close-up in The New Wilderness (De nieuwe wildernis), jointly directed by local ecologist and renowned nature photographer Ruben Smit, a winner of the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year kudos, and non-fiction filmmaker Mark Verkerk (Buddha’s Lost Children).
The film has reached the status of Platinum Film for more than 400.000 tickets sold since its theatrical release in the Netherlands on September 26, 2013.
New Wilderness has been shot in Oostvaardersplassen, (Province of Flevoland) just 20 or so miles east of Amsterdam. Filmed over a period of two years, this traditional-minded documentary feature covers the expected cycles of life and death as they are in the wild. The main surprise, apart from the film’s breathtaking beauty, is not only the diversity but the enormous quantities of small and especially large animals that live in this area of just 22 square miles, featuring Konik horses, Red Deer, Foxes and Heck cattle, just to name a few.
The countless beauties and unrivaled perseverance of nature that can be witnessed almost literally next door, makes it even more clear, how we are, in natura.
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