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Lincessa, the silences of the forest

"LINCESSA, the Silences of the Forest" is a story that tells the life of a Boreal Lynx cub. The protagonist tells the camera about her experiences from birth to independence. In this vital journey, his real challenge is to survive. The unusual sequences about animal behavior take us from the smile, to the drama and the reflection.
At the same time, the Boreal Forest acts as the voice of experience before an impetuous and novice young woman. The environmental message and the fight against climate change are presented through a fascinating female character. This young fighter weaves a strong empathy with the viewer that grows throughout the story. The voice of the Forest suggests credibility and trust.

  • Pototo Díez
  • Pototo Díez
  • José Mª Díez Laplaza
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Lincessa, los silencios del bosque
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  • Runtime:
    1 hour 28 minutes 20 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 6, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    30,000 EUR
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  • Language:
    English, Spanish
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital, 4K
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Distribution Information
    Country: Spain
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Pototo Díez

Born in Segovia (Spain). After dropping out of Biology studies, he dedicated myself to nature photography. In the period 87-2000 I have worked as a photojournalist in news for RTVE, also directing the photography of a dozen documentaries. In 94 he founded Editorial ARTEC, with the publication of 57 illustrated books on art and nature, of which I am the author of their photographic content.

In 2010 I closed my company to dedicate myself to more personal projects although I continue with the editorial work. Since 99 I have been involved with digital photography in high definition, opening my field of work to the world of fashion. In this sector I work for major Spanish brands and designers (Josep Font, Vitorio y Lucchino, Pedro del Hierro, Jorge Vázquez, Hoss, Cortefiel, El Corte Inglés ...).

2015-2018 I have worked as a camera operator at the Terra Incógnita Docs production company that has made “Jungle Planet”, a 26-episode documentary series about forests and jungles around the world and broadcast by RTVE. Also with Terra Incógnita I have finished filming “Wild Hunters”, a 13-hour documentary series broadcast by National Geographic.

Passionate about cinema, after a documentary on fashion in 2014, I directed, in 2018/9, the photography and montage of “Un Precious Time”, Miguel Molina's first film.

I am currently directing my first fiction / documentary feature film: "LINCESSA, the silences of the forest".

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Director Statement

At a critical time for humanity due to climate change, prestigious organizations such as WWF and Greenpeace have opted for the defence of the boreal forest. For good reason, since it is the largest deposit of living organic carbon on the planet. To this should be added the fact that this magical forest which serves as a scarf round our earthly globe is the largest forest mass on the planet.

One of the most mysterious and elegant species of animals on Earth lives in a large part of that green necklace. The boreal lynx takes its name from the forest that shelters it. With an undeniable magnetism, it is the feline that has the widest range of any on the planet. In fact, another name for this feline is the Eurasian lynx, which reveals its wide distribution.

Understanding the unbreakable link between the boreal forest and our protagonist is the aim of this film. To defend the boreal lynx is to defend the boreal forest. Using such a seductive animal to create empathy with the viewer is a powerful way to help us understand the importance of protecting the boreal forest and its biodiversity.

The part that the lynx plays in the fragile balance of our forests and the mystique that surrounds the lynx due to the difficulty of seeing it are factors that undoubtedly attract the viewer.

But what might be conventional in a natural history documentary changes with our protagonist. Surprisingly, she is a lynx that talks. She tells us about her adventures from her point of view. She does this in a captivating way, and the value of femininity takes on a new interest from her perspective.

The role of man, depicted mainly through sound, represents the antagonist.

Tender, dramatic, funny, tense and optimistic. A set of qualities that will help us understand that the defence of our forests is an urgent responsibility if we do not want to become extinct as a species.

The boreal lynx is born, grows, reproduces and dies. It is the common thread. And it is through the life of the lynx that we will travel a path that will lead us to understand that together, human beings, lynxes and forests, we must find a future. Otherwise, the outlook is very uncertain.