movie review | “Everything will change”: Looking back from a future that no longer knows giraffes

movie review | “Everything wants to change”

Looking back from a future that no longer knows giraffes

Tuesday 07/12/22 | 6:51 PM | to Ann Sternenburg

D B A / C. Matzka

Audio: rbb culture | 07/12/2022 | Ann Sternenburg | picture: D B A / C. Matzka

Three young men from a shattered future are amazed at how diverse life could once be on Earth. Marten Persiel offers a wild mix of different movie genres — and hopefully for a change. Written by Anke Sternburg

Marten Persiel became known ten years ago for “This Ain’t California,” a special documentary compiled from archive footage, game scenes, and animation. It was about the so-called “scooters” in the GDR, because skaters were a small subculture there.

He’s now spent eight years working on “Everything Will Change,” which he calls a “sci-fi and fantasy film,” which is literally a mixture of science and fiction. It is about a dystopian future in which many of today’s threatened creatures have long since disappeared and are no longer known until now. And how can this be prevented.

The lost biodiversity

In the future of 2054, almost all animals died on the scorched red earth and many plants dried up. Contact between people takes place almost exclusively. Three teenagers, Cherry (Jessamine-Bliss Bell), Ben (Noah Saveedra from the “Bad Banks” series and “And Tomorrow the Whole World”) and Fini (Paul G Raymond) stumble upon a strange animal from a vintage store, with a very long neck. And brown spots in the short fur. They learn it’s a giraffe – but Cherry thinks it’s a digitally generated fake. And if it’s real, they ask themselves, “What happened to the animals?” They are extinct, they learn.

Back from the future to the past This is our present

We all know it from the news: Scientists tirelessly warn, but no one listens, no one pulls the emergency brake. The children of the future cannot help but marvel at this. They don’t understand that everyone knew what was going on, but no one interfered. They ask “Did you need?” The survivors replied: “Not enough.”

Perhaps it can help to look back at our age from the disastrous future of 2054, thinks director Martin Persell. “If you change perspective, our time looks like a golden age of information,” he says. “For 15 years, we’ve had a well-functioning internet that enables everyone to communicate with everyone in a popular democratic way. Meanwhile, the Amazon hasn’t completely burned out and there are still parts of the Great Barrier Reef, so both natural beauty and communication skills. What a time Great for changing things – that’s the basis of the movie.”

mosaic pattern elements

The youth of 2054 are amazed at the diversity of times past. You can see buffalo, lions, koalas in the wild, sea anemones scattering magnificently, a peacock shedding its feathers in a hurry: at these points the film is like a wonderful nature documentary in which the world we know today can probably no longer be seen In 30 years if we continue to operate as before.

“Everything wants to change” It is a wild mix of dystopian science fiction, time travel adventure, action drama, nature documentary enriched with archival imagery, science reporting, expert analysis, fantasy storytelling and animation. “The fact that a lot of stylistic elements are added has a lot to do with my personal taste, like my first movie ‘This isn’t California,'” says Martin Persil. “If you look closely, this is an influential kind of hip-hop style. I used to do a lot From the rhythms of hip-hop and music. Taking something and quoting and sampling, I find that aesthetically exciting.”

Some tricks against high production costs

It’s a colorful bunch of genres and ideas that come together in Everything Will Change. At its core lies science fiction, the dystopian draft of a creeping post-apocalyptic future, set in 2054. Quality films, especially those set in history or in the future, are still rare in Germany, mainly because they are so expensive it is to build such worlds in Real life or lumped together from the pixels on your computer. It was important to Martin Persil that the future is not too far off, that there are still surviving eyewitnesses from today.

Another criterion was that these people were familiar with the era of “alternative facts” that began with then US President Donald Trump – so that they could distinguish between which facts could be trusted and which could not. Because if we want to protect something, we must first be able to trust the information. Ben, Fini and Cherry have doubts about the existence of the giraffe, but they are able to dispel these doubts with research.

When designing the future, Marten Persiel worked with a few tricks to keep costs down. The first scene, still in the city, takes place in an old shop selling antiques, so for us the modern stuff, which is easy to recreate. Then begins the journey into the countryside, for activists who collect traces of the lost wilderness in a DNA sarcophagus. Using a newly developed infrared camera by Arri and polished filters, the landscape has been isolated in a futuristic way, with everything green tinted red.

News from the future as a wake-up call for today

A whole series of today’s famous scientists, biologists, philosophers, meteorologists, oceanographers, agronomists, as well as the spiritually gifted filmmaker Wim Wenders, whose foundation co-financed the film in the Funding Program for Innovative Postmodern Narrative Cinema, also have a say.

Persil says he feared these famous scientists would be ashamed to make only vague, verifiable statements in an active entertainment movie. But the opposite was true: “Everyone said: Finally a project that tells a more interesting story, so we can reach a general audience,” says Persil. “We don’t sell our data and results well to men and women, because science is still considered dry. We want to be entertained in a wild 90 minutes with lots of music, lots of little narrative ideas, with truth and scientific insights about life.”

So they all look back from the future of 2054 to our present, summarizing what we know today but not applicable. A message from the future, so to speak, as a wake-up call today.

Broadcast: rbb Kultur, July 12, 2022, at 4 p.m.

Contribution from Anke Sterneborg

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