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65th San Sebastian Film Festival
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Darwin’s Nightmare
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Darwin’s Nightmare

Darwin?s Nightmare is a tale about humans between the North and the South, about globalisation, and about Fish. In the 60s, a new fish was introduced artificially into Lake Victoria as a scientific experiment. Consequently, the Nile perch extinguished almost the entire stock of the native fish species; the voracious predator multiplied so fast that its white fillets are today exported all around the world. Huge hulking ex-Soviet cargo planes come daily to collect the latest catch in exchange for kalashnikovs and ammunitions for the uncounted wars razing the African continent. This booming multinational industry of food and weapons has created an ungodly globalized alliance on the shores of the world's biggest tropical lake: an army of young fishermen, Indian factory owners, African ministers, EU-commissioners, Russian pilots and Tanzanian prostitutes.
Was born in a small village of the Austrian Tyrol, has lived in Great Britain, Italy, the USA, and for the last ten years in France. He studied film directing in Vienna and in Paris. In 1990, he wrote and directed his first short film, Blasi, followed by various documentaries, including On the Road with Emil (1993), Lomographer?s Moscow (1995), the multi-awardwinning Kisangani Diary (1998) and Alone With Our Stories (2000). In addition to teaching film in Europe and the USA, he has acted in several shorts and two feature films (Peter Patzak?s In the Circle of the Iris and Peter Schreiner?s Blue Distance).
Hubert Sauper
Hubert Sauper
Hubert Sauper
Denise Vindevogel
Running Time
107 m.
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