Making an Ancient Forest

Making an Ancient Forest
Stelvio National Park Award and “Achille Berbenni” Award assigned by the Audience Jury 2016
by Rita Schlamberger – Produced by: ScienceVision Filmproduction – Austria 2015 – Running time: 52 min. - Featured area: Kalkalpen National Park, Austria

The film travels deep into the remote forests of the Kalkalpen National Park, in Austria, the largest area of wilderness in the Alps. Abandoned and unmanaged by man for close to a quarter of a century, the forest’s dramatic cycle of growth and decay now rules the landscape. What appears at first to be devastation and destruction is in fact part of the fundamental process of the forest’s regeneration and transformation back to its natural, primeval state, luring even the lynx to return ‘home’ after 115 years of absence.