“born to be wild”
…..the Innsbruck Nature Film Days demonstrate again that movies can be adventure.

from 11th to 17th November 2012


The year 2012 focuses on “being wild”, wilderness, wild landscape, unfulfilled desire of men for untouched wilderness and the urge to protect it. At the same time it is about being irrepressible, being wild, without limitations, without consideration for others.
How much wilderness is needed? Why are human interventions increasing in areas of wilderness? Can human interventions be justified by swaying market prices, the economic crises and the euro crisis, just because a few selected can capitalize on them?
Does wilderness beyond invasive human intervention actually exist nowadays? Or do we have to admit that Thoreau’s conception of the value of the “wild” did only survive in the dreams of some romanticized, environmentally moved reality deniers?
Why do we look for the ultimate experience with and in the wilderness? What is needed to conserve these wild areas as habitat areas for wild plants and animals?
Why do some of us want to act as the proverbial “wild dogs”? Could it be the addiction to exoticism that draws us to wilderness within our affluent society?
Questioning is the first mean of dealing with the unknown such as the wilderness.
Some of the answers will be less flattering, will affect. Some questions will remain unanswered and some of the answers will make us lough and show that “born (to be) wild” can be an essential strategy in the struggle for life rather than a mere Hollywood cliché.
This year’s Nature Film Days will be opened wild: Stermann & Grissemann, two designated wild experts, will show us their approach to “born to be wild”. The adequate closing film of the Nature Film Days will be presented on Saturday, November 17th: the French scandal movie Themroc, produced in 1973 starring Michel Piccoli.