The Trouble with Nature

  • 95'
  • Denmark
  • 2020

Rampant debt and a significant midlife crisis send philosopher Edmund Burke (Antony Langdon) fleeing from London to embark on an expedition through the French Alps. He brings along a servant on loan from his brother's plantation in the West Indies, a young indigenous woman named Awak (Nathalia Acevedo from Post Tenebras Lux). Together they set out to discover the sublime in this 18th-century road movie. Ill-equipped for the outdoor life, Burke whinges the days away while Awak carries all their supplies and makes sure his face is perpetually powdered.

With ample snark and a masterful sense of natural light, Jacobi, acting as both cinematographer and director, constructs each scene of his debut feature with a sense of humour and a delicate frame. Will Burke find a fitting subject for his philosophical inquiry in the immensity of Mother Nature's beauty? Or will the natural world become his master in the end?

Director
Illum Jacobi
Premiere
World premiere
Countries of production
Denmark, France
Production Year
2020
Festival Edition
IFFR 2020
Length
95'
Medium
DCP
Language
English
Producers
Illum Jacobi, Xavier Rocher, Marina Perales Marhuenda, Katja Adomeit
Production Companies
La Fabrica Nocturna Cinéma, Adomeit Film
Sales
La Fabrica Nocturna Cinéma
Screenplay
Hans Frederik Jacobsen, Illum Jacobi
Cinematography
Frederik Jacobi
Editor
Alexandra Strauss
Production Design
Sara Sachs
Sound Design
Adrien Aurelius, Rune Kristiansen
Music
Danny Bensi, Saunder Jurriaans
Cast
Antony Langdon, Nathalia Acevedo, Andrew Jeffers, Ian Burns, Ulrik Wivel