4 Elements Documentary film, 2006, 89 min.

The four primordial elements Fire, Water, Earth and Air each symbolise a different aspect of life. To documentary filmmaker Jiska Rickels, they were the source of inspiration for 4 Elements, a four-part film about man's struggle with nature. In Fire, Siberian fire fighters defy forest fires spreading across hundreds of hectares. Water introduces fishermen in the Bering Sea, imperilling their lives to catch the exclusive king crab. Earth revolves around German miners daily descending 1200 metres into the earth. And Air follows Russian cosmonauts in their confrontation with the most extreme physical tests. Elaborating on her successful short film Untertage, Rickels immersed herself in four close-knit men's communities, where women are absent and camaraderie is strong. Hardly any words are spoken, there is no voice-over and the filmmaker does not interview anybody. Visual poetry - with a keen eye to detail - naturally blends with characteristic ambient sounds. The film was awarded as a Crystal Film.

selections & won prizes

NL - NFF Crystal Film (10,000 visitors documentary)

nominations

NL - Netherlands Film Festival Golden Calf (2)

 

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    Jan Willem van den Brink
    26 awards  NL - Amsterdam International Docu Film Festival  IDFA award  NL - Netherlands Film Festival Golden Calf  NL - NFF Golden Film (100,000 visitors feature film)  NL - Amsterdam International Docu Film Festival  IDFA selection

    Gabor Verhoeven
    21 awards  NL - NFF Golden Film (100,000 visitors feature film)  NL - Rotterdam International Film Festival IFFR selection  NL - NFF Platinum Film (400,000 visitors feature film)  NL - Netherlands Film Festival Golden Calf

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