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Outside the Box

This film gives an intimate view of science, humans and honeybees, as you’ve never seen them before. The broader public, and the film festival universe, has meanwhile gotten some insights in the recent threads, for both, the survival of honeybees and ultimately human survival. But not many people have had the experience of climbing a tree with a Russian tree-beekeeper, of hearing the sounds of medical treatment from the inside of a colony, or even witnessing an artificial insemination of a honeybee queen. ‚Outside the Box’ slowly and gradually unfolds the spectrum of these strange parallel worlds – dystopian and utopian, poetic and cruel, desperate and hopeful. Like one of its protagonists it poses the overall question: ‚What is natural anyways?’ Its rhythm gives the viewer time to experience, unravel, and involve themselves, in the immersive sounds, images and ongoing debates in the fight for honeybee survival. But scientists worry that this approach of fighting and control is a dead end, and they wonder how the revival of tree beekeeping from the forests of Bashkiria may point to a solution. After all, bees may have to come out of the box to survive.

  • Felix Remter
    Director
  • Miriam Remter
    Director
  • Felix Remter
    Writer
  • Miriam Remter
    Producer
  • Felix Remter
    Producer
  • Jörg Elsner
    Sound Design
  • Michael Hinreiner
    Sound Mixing
  • Fabian Spang
    Color Grading
  • Max Bauer
    Foley Artist
  • Normann Büttner
    Foley Sync Editing
  • Miriam Remter
    Editing
  • Felix Remter
    Cinematography
  • Miriam Remter
    Sound Recording
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Outside the Box
  • Film Type:
    Documentary, Experimental, Feature
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 29 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    June 29, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    65,000 EUR
  • Country of Origin:
    Germany
  • Country of Filming:
    Germany, Russian Federation, Switzerland
  • Film Language:
    English, German, Russian
  • Shooting Format:
    digital HD
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Felix Remter, Miriam Remter

Felix Remter

is a cameraman, director, and cultural anthropologist who focuses on ecological processes and science and technology studies. He began making films in 2006, has assisted Heinrich Breloer and Jörg Schmidt-Reitwein, and has been Director of Photography for two feature fiction films as well as some short fiction and documentary films. He has conducted ethnographic research in Kosovo, Southeast Asia, and Siberia. Besides his doctoral research at the Munich Center for Technology in Society (MCTS) he teaches Audiovisual Anthropology at universities and other institutions in Germany. Together with Miriam Remter he founded Primate Visions film and media production. Outside the Box marks his feature length documentary directorial debut.

Miriam Remter

is a cultural anthropologist and freelance filmmaker. Since 2008 she has worked as an author, director, sound recordist, and editor. She holds a PhD from the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich where she currently teaches as head of the Visual Anthropology Masters program. She has completed several short documentary films (AugenBlicke, 2008; Bild-Diskurse, 2011) and, together with Felix Remter, is the co-founder of Primate Visions film and media production. Outside the Box is her first feature length documentary.

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