«Der Wald» (The forest) – Viktor Gasic, Germany, 2018, 138′

Two couples and their children go on an excursion into the forest. They are young, successful and well-set parts in today’s social-political establishment. When their children disappear in a storm, the entire construct of their friendship starts to crumble. Very soon, their bourgeoisie façade falls and the four turn into the profile of a lost culture. What follows is an odyssey through the forests that turns into a metaphysical journey. The story is told in fragments and out of chronological order. The forest and the film imagery act as a poetic expression of the inner mind, creating the metaphorical psychogram of a lost culture that desperately looking for a way out and a future. It is a poetic portrait of today’s society.