THE GREEN LIE
DCP/HD • COLOR • 2018 • AUSTRIA • 97'
A film by Werner Boote
“When you shop with a conscience, you don’t save the world,
you save the corporations.”
Environmentally friendly electric cars, sustainably produced food products, fair production processes: Hurray! If everything the corporations tell us is true, we can save the world through our purchasing decisions alone! A popular and dangerous lie. Are the industry's “green products” nothing more than a sales strategy? In his new documentary film, Werner Boote (Plastic Planet, Everything's Under Control) shows us, together with environmental expert Kathrin Hartmann, how we can protect ourselves. They easily banter, they agree to disagree and ultimately bring freshness to a never-ending debate.
Produced by e&a Film
Original languages: German, English, Indonesian, Portuguese
Werner Boote started out as a cable boy, working his way up and gathering all the necessary ingredients to make films along the way. He studied Drama and Theater Arts, Journalism, and Sociology at the University of Vienna and at the Film Academy. After years of being an Assistant Director (to Robert Dornhelm, Ulrich Seidl, Bud Spencer, Marvin Chomsky, and others), Boote began making his own films in 1993 ; numerous award-winning music documentaries followed. In 2009, his first feature film, Plastic Planet, arrived in Austrian cinemas and went on to appear in over 80 countries. The movie inspired viewers to live a plastic-free life, achieved important social and legal changes, and won the Golden Romy for Best Feature Documentary. In the movie Population Boom (2013), Boote called for more equal distribution and did away with the widespread worldview of overpopulation. The film was crowned Best Green Documentary in Berlin.
Following his jolting feature documentary Everything’s Under Control (2015) on the implications of surveillance, his new film The Green Lie came to cinema screens in March 2018.
Distributors: Against Gravity (Poland) • EPB (Estonia) • Filmin (Spain) • L'Atelier d'Images (France) • Movie Cloud (Taiwan) • RT (Worldwide) • RTV Slovenia (Slovenia) • United People (Japan) • YLE (Finland)
Festivals: Berlinale 2018 - Culinary Section • Thessaloniki Doc FF • CPH:DOX • Bafici • Cinema Planeta • Espoo Ciné IFF • Millenium Docs Against Gravity • CinemAmbiante Torino •