Illum JACOBI comes from a background in mountaineering and has led expeditions to obscure mountain ranges in the Amazon and remote corners of the arctic. He began his film-making career as a high altitude cameraman on North Face adventure sport films but grew tired of the heroic images of men conquering nature.
Illum began to develop stories of more complex encounters based on his own experiences in the wilderness, and has set out to complete a series of narrative films that investigate our relationship to nature.
His first feature, The Trouble With Nature (IFFR 2020), is an 18th century roadmovie with philosopher Edmund Burke on a desperate search for a sublime wilderness. Filmed in remote parts of the Alps, the film investigates the need to master our own experience of nature.
His second film, Another Journey without Women, is currently in development and is presented at CineMart 2024: a tragic comedy set on an arctic expedition in Greenland.
The Trouble with Nature (2020), Another Journey without Women (in development)
Illum Jacobi at IFFR
Another Journey without Women
On a 1918 arctic expedition, male egos clash like icebergs between scientists, hunters, and spiritual beliefs, while the expedition assistant Hendrik has to keep it all together in a brutal wilderness. An absurd tragic comedy of male stupidity.
The Trouble with Nature
A film about the disrupted relationship between man and nature. Edward Burke, founding father of modern conservatism, climbs the Alps in search of 'the sublime'.