More Than Honey

More Than Honey

Deutschland / Schweiz / Österreich 2011/2012, Dokumentarfilm

Inhalt

More than Honey

Billions of bees disappear every year. Despite intensive research, science has not managed to come up with a definite explanation. This is worrying because there is more at stake than honey. Even Albert Einstein allegedly said: "If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe then man would only have four years of life left." Today the bee is one of the most important farm animals within the agricultural industry. Without pollination services provided by billions of honeybees, a large part of our fruit and vegetables would never end up in our supermarkets. The dependency is mutual. It is not just humans profiting from the bees – but vice versa. The bee followed in man's footsteps in its worldwide expansion. But now the balance of power seems to shift. Is it just a momentary fluke or are we facing the early stages of total system collapse? Is it the bees? Or is it us?

The Oscar®-nominated director Markus Imhoof – himself grandson of a professional beekeeper – sets out on an international journey to find answers. Not only in Austria do queen breeders send their bees all over the world – by post. A US-American beekeeper transports his 15,000 colonies from one pesticide poisoned monoculture to the next while trying to keep them alive with antibiotics. In the mountains of Switzerland an old beekeeper protects his purebred original bees against all alien influence, yet they die of incest-induced weakness. And because the chemicals have killed all bees, workers in China have to climb the trees themselves for pollination … Everybody talks about the death of the bees. "More Than Honey" talks about their lives. And about ours.

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Credits

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Director:Markus Imhoof
Screenplay:Markus Imhoof (Konzept)
Co-author:Kerstin Hoppenhaus
Director of photography:Jörg Jeshel, Attila Boa (Makroaufnahmen), Wolfgang Thaler
Colour grading:Claudia Gittel
Editing:Anne Fabini
Assistant editor:Philipp Schindler
Sound design:Nils Kirchhoff
Sound:Dieter Meyer
Audio mixing:Bernhard Maisch
Music:Peter Scherer
Voice:Robert Hunger-Bühler
Production company:zero one film GmbH (Berlin), Thelma Films AG (Zürich), ORMENIS Film (Zurich), Allegro Filmproduktions GmbH (Wien)
in co-production with:Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen (SRF) (Bern), SRG SSR idée suisse (Bern), Bayerischer Rundfunk (BR) (München)
Producer:Pierre-Alain Meier, Markus Imhoof, Thomas Kufus, Helmut Grasser
Line producer:Tassilo Aschauer, Katharina Bogensberger
Unit production manager:Max Linder, Ulla Lehmann, Nina Wilhelm
Shoot:15.06.2010-01.04.2011: USA, China
Original distributor:Senator Film Verleih GmbH (Berlin)
Funding:Deutscher Filmförderfonds (DFFF) (Berlin), FilmFernsehFonds Bayern GmbH (FFFB) (München), Filmförderungsanstalt (FFA) (Berlin), Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH (MBB) (Potsdam), ORF Film/Fernsehabkommen (Wien), Österreichisches Filminstitut (ÖFI) (Wien), Filmfonds Wien (Wien), Bundesamt für Kultur der Schweiz (Zürich), Kulturfonds Swissimage, Eurimages der EU (Strasbourg), Media Programm der EU (Brüssel), Zürcher Filmstiftung (Zürich), Fonds REGIO Films (Geneva), Succès Cinéma (Bern), Succès passage antenne (CH), Frenetic Film (Zürich)
Length:90 min
Format:35mm, 1:1,85
Picture/Sound:Farbe, Dolby
Rating:FSK-Prüfung (DE): 16.07.2012, 133903, ohne Altersbeschränkung/feiertagsfrei
Screening:Aufführung (CH): 11.08.2012, Locarno, IFF;
Kinostart (DE): 08.11.2012

Titles

Originaltitel (DE AT CH) More Than Honey

Versions

Original

Length:90 min
Format:35mm, 1:1,85
Picture/Sound:Farbe, Dolby
Rating:FSK-Prüfung (DE): 16.07.2012, 133903, ohne Altersbeschränkung/feiertagsfrei
Screening:Aufführung (CH): 11.08.2012, Locarno, IFF;
Kinostart (DE): 08.11.2012
 

Awards

Filmkunstmesse Leipzig 2013
Gilde Filmpreis, Bester Dokumentarfilm
 
Deutscher Filmpreis 2013
Lola, Bester Dokumentarfilm
 
Bayerischer Filmpreis 2013
Bester Dokumentarfilm
 
FBW 2012
Prädikat: besonders wertvoll
Dokumentarfilm des Monats