In honour of this fantastic Icelandic eco-doc, winning the 2010 Cinema Politica Audience Choice Award recently, Dreamland is this week’s Friday Film Pick. The film is still a little tricky to track down in terms of downloads and rentals (or public screenings for that matter), but you can purchase the DVD online here. The film was reviewed here on Art Threat last year, and here is a segment from that piece:
Dreamland is a documentary like no other. This 2009 film by Þorfinnur Guðnason & Andri Snær Magnason is a visual treatise that exposes the greed and corruption that has befallen Iceland like a plague of myopic and avaricious infection of the mind and heart. It is a poem to the natural world and speaks for ecology through stunning cinematography and the pacing of a practiced orchestra.
Once every five to ten years a film comes along that shakes your soul, rattles the cage of your conscience, and awakes you from a media-immersed cryogenic dream state. The technical perfection and power of the message rearrange the synopsis in your circuitry and leaves you feeling like a wave of clarity and inspiration has washed over you.
Dreamland asks us how much is a mountain worth? Two billion? Twenty billion? Then challenges the capitalism calculi that conjures these figures, re-orienting the audience toward another framework, one of eco-logic, and argues for 89 minutes that the value of the natural world is of course not measured in dollars, or barrels, or extractions…