Berlin’s Fuck for Forest is on the world’s most bizarre charities: based on the idea that sex can change the world, the NGO raises money for their environmental cause by selling home-made erotic films on the internet.
We continue our Unusual Subjects series with perhaps the most uncanny subject matter of the selection: Fuck For Forest, for which the title effectively doubles as a synopsis. We’ll say no more. Winner of the Best Documentary at the Warsaw International Film Festival.
It's a weird story. The documentary functions as unmasking of a typical neo-colonialistic helping syndrom of European origin; it show that the Fuck for Forest people in their pseudo-romantic attitude are unable to understand and acknowledge the meaning of cultural differences.
marczak's attentive unblinking gaze and monotonous sly voiceover shows brilliant sketches of fff's clashes with a number of various environments / some parts drag a bit but effortless editing keeps the story afloat
This feels, at times, like a mockumentary or a fake documentary. Not because of any lack of talent from the filmakers, or some indecision about style. Maybe because of an ever-present sense of performance, by the ones whose activity is being documented, and by the nature of their performances. And also how candid they do seem about their intentions. They look like characters, not real people. Too genuine to be real.
This film was probably the biggest disappointment of anything that I’ve seen from MUBI. I could excuse the lack on formalistic inventiveness if the subject was unique or interesting enough, but I personally don’t find either qualities in this group of overprivileged, hedonistic, drug-addled and self-absorbed young adults in a state of suspended adolescence posing as “environmentalists”.
''So many disasters all around the world and you are talking just about being naked!'' ..this last quote made it clear. But still people like them are important in our society.. and therefore I appreciate the film about them.
(Although it was kind of 'lengthy' in the first part)
european rich kids go super alternative, take nudes in the forest, trying to connect with nature. in the end they lose contact to reality. has it's length, but interesting to see this journey of young people believing in an utopia that the people they want to reach don't even want.