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The Forest in Me

Feature Documentary

Dir: Rebecca E Marshall / 69mins / 2024

Epic forests of the Siberian Taiga and black lava landscapes of a Hawaiian volcano are woven through this quietly powerful, cinematic film that opens outwards from a personal story about living with uncertainty.

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Rebecca E Marshall draws from footage she has shot over twenty years in an intimate address to her child in the future. She builds connections between Agafya Lykova, an elderly woman surviving alone in the forest who scares bears away by banging space-rocket debris, a crew simulating life isolated on Mars and her young child discovering the world minute by minute.

This endlessly surprising journey offers up images that shake ideas of past, present and future. It generates a deeply tender vision of timeless human connections that weave through an increasingly divided world. In a time when extreme and polarising viewpoints are constantly pushed into our attention, this film offers an important space to notice the quiet details we can all share.

Xylouris White (drummer Jim White [Dirty Three], lutist Giorgos Xylouris, Guy Picciotto [Fugazi]) provide a haunting original score. Apollonia Xylouris contributes additional vocals.

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Director: Rebecca E Marshall

Cinematography: Sarah Cunningham

Assistant director: Elena Andreicheva

Translator: Elena Andreicheva

Editor: Rebecca E Marshall

Associate Editor: Daniel Passes

Sound Design: Chu-Li Shewring

Soundtrack: Xylouris White

Additional music: Simon Keep

Producers:
Electric Palace Cinema
Dear Future Films

Funders:
Creative Europe
LUSH films

With huge thanks to:

Picture Shop and all the Indiegogo supporters

Poster design by @aniagoszczynska

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