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Doc Lounge Presenterar: Red Forest Hotel
Debaser Medis
D. 2012.03.04 Kl. 18:00

En finsk fotografs försök att göra en film om det nya “gröna” Kina förvandlas till en mardröm då han konfronteras av myndighetspersoner med uppdrag att försvara den internationella jätteföretaget Stora Ensos rykte.

A Finnish news cameraman who has worked for 15 years in Beijing starts to document China’s massive tree-planting campaigns. Faced with the threat of climate change, the economic giant China is strongly investing in recycling, renewable energy and other environmental reforms.The filmmaker wants to explore whether authoritarian China, with its effective new environmental policies, could set a green example for the world. But the project takes a surprise turn when the filmmaker gets stopped by local government officials on his way to film tree plantations in Guangxi province, southern China.

Here, huge eucalyptus plantations are being developed by the world’s second largest forestry corporation, Stora Enso, largely owned by the Finnish state. The eucalyptus trees will produce raw material for a planned paper and pulp mill. The filmmaker ends up trapped in a Kafkaesque situation: the officials praise the project’s benefits, but prevent him from approaching the plantations and interviewing locals. Instead he gets isolated in a local hotel, and finds out that all his contacts have been detained. A year later he makes another attempt to find out what is really going on in the province.

RED FOREST HOTEL (Fi, 2011)
REGISSÖR: Mika Koskinen

LIVE: Merely
VISUALS: Emilio Fagone, Real Job
TID: Dörrarna öppnar 18.00
PLATS: Coctailbaren, Debaser Medis våning 2

“Kafka’s spirit is alive in the Far East” Katso, Ismo Lehtonen

“The story unfolds like a suspense film” *** Taneli Topelius, IS
“Documentary film at its best” *** Jukka Vuorio, Seura
“…quite a feather in Koskinen’s cap, and an important lesson on where our money is invested.” Pekka Mykkänen, HS
“Mika Koskinen lets his camera record with surprising courage, even when told not to” ***** Olli-Matti Oinonen, Savon Sanomat
“It stings” Stora Enso’s Head of Communications, Lauri Peltola, in Iltalehti (interviewed by Jenna Heino)
“The strange chain of peculiar events resembles a mystery story….The absurdity of the events would be funny if things weren’t so serious *** Rane Aunimo, Uutispäivä Demari
“Full of tragicomedy and absurdism, even a threat of violence.” Vesa Skaffari, smackthejack
“Closer to a detective story than an environmental documentary” *** Rane Aunimo, Uutispäivä Demari
“The documentary’s essential merit is to prove how authentic green thinking, philosophy, is something else than the green words used in political liturgy…” *** Juha Rosenqvist, film-o-holic
“Everything is Kafkaesque and Orwellian” ***** Olli-Matti Oinonen, Keskisuomalainen