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Environmental Film Festival - The Fifth Season
Contact Email: info@effm.org.au
Venue: 45 Collins Street, Melbourne Victoria

The Environmental Film Festival Melbourne is thrilled to include this visceral and stunning art house feature in its program.

A deeply unnerving and haunting film, 'The Fifth Season' tells the story of a gradually unfolding apocalypse. Deep in the Ardennes forest, Belgium, a small and close-knit community gather for their annual celebration of the coming spring. But this year, the spring never comes.

The annual flow of nature and the endless age-old processes of the season once so familiar grind to a halt. Seeds no longer sprout, cows stop producing milk, bees die and the military is forced to step in.

Life takes an unexpected twist in the face of impending doom, and villagers are forced to take extreme measures to reverse nature's protest against mankind. Emerging from the wreckage a few souls take flight while the rest of the community implodes, turning to drastic length to reverse a bad omen.

Beautifully shot and powerfully acted, this Belgian, French and Dutch co-production offers a dramatic glimpse of nature in revolt against mankind.

Official selection at the Toronto and Venice film festivals, and the winner of three awards at Valladolid International Film Festival, including the FIPRESCI Prize, and two awards at Venice, 'The Fifth Season' is a contemporary classic of European cinema. Reporting from the Venice Film Festival, David Stratton described the film as, "stunningly photographed, intelligently conceived and strangely moving."

Derived from reality, yet fictional in content, this film will have audiences seriously wondering what would happen if spring never comes.. www.effm.org.au

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