Muteness is a dystopia aimed at young audience, an ecological manifesto filmed with a poetically sensitive approach. Helena, a suffering from Nature-Deficit Disorder teenager, lives in the world on the brink of extinction resulting from a phenomenon called the Tree Exodus. Trees abandon the Earth, leaving behind only the memory of greenery. As it turned out, they are aware, intelligent, and capable of making decisions. Their departure is the most obvious example of this. Despite this, they are so different from people that it seems impossible to make contact with them. The neurobiologists from around the world have been trying to understand and learn the language of trees, but this hasn’t produced any effects. The journey to the last forest on the Earth poses new challenges that Helena has to overcome. She sees the real forest for the first time in her life. It soon turns out that this is indeed an unusual place. Pando forest is one organism with 80,000 years. It is the oldest “being” living on Earth. Helena’s limitations may become a key to contact the civilization of trees and a chance to survive.
Will scientists manage to stop last forest on Earth? Will Helen be able to convince them, as well as the military keepers of this sanctuary, to let Pando fly away? It is a story about the insatiability of human kind, about our destructive nature, but also about the hope that comes with the new generation. This is a story about a girl who is ready for the greatest sacrifices more than anyone else.
Jacek Piotr Bławut
A graduate of the Wajda School and the Academy of Fine Artis in Wrocław. Director, scriptwriter and cinematographer for feature films and documentaries. In his work he focuses on a musical documentary, where his characters are usually musicians and composers, and on feature cinema for the young viewer. His feature debut The Day of Chocolate (2018) has been selected for many international film festivals, such as the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival – PÖFF or Busan International Kids and Youth Film Festival. Awarded with Teachers’ Award at International Young Audience Film Festival Ale Kino! in Poznań (2018), INNIS Prize at Montréal International Children’s Film Festival (2019) and Krzysztof Kieślowski Award for the Best Central European Script in ScripTeast program (2010).
As a documentary filmmaker he is a winner of the Best Documentary Prize at Cracow Film Festival (2012). Also awarded with a Special Mention at the International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography Camerimage (2016). A member of the Polish Film Academy and lecturer at the Film School in Łódź.
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