TrädälskarenDie BaumfreundeThe Tree Lover
Sweden 2008, 76 Min.
When Henry David Thoreau retreated to a hut in the forest in 1845, he wrote a book about it: “Walden; or, Life in the Woods”. 160 years later one might rather make a film than write a book, but not much has changed of the basic desire of many people to leave the bustle of the city behind them and move into the country. The filmmaker Jonas Selberg Augustsén from Stockholm wanted to put his dream of living in the forest into practise, at least during the course of one summer. Together with a cameraman and a sound technician he went about building a treehouse: 14m above ground, with an open view of the forests of Noerthern Sweden, which is where Augustsén originates from. With a sprinkling of self-irony, the film documents his ambitious project, throughout which he gives aside lectures on the “phenomenology of trees”. A writer, a philosopher, a psychologist and a theologian all have their say in “The Tree Lover”, which is as complex as “Walden”, but so entertaining that even the reality TV generation can enjoy it.
Director Jonas Selberg Augustsén
Screenplay Jonas Selberg Augustsén
Website Swedish Film Institute
No screenings are available for this film.