Fuck for Forest
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Fuck for Forest

Fuck for Forest gets down with people getting down in nature.

stars 4andahalf24


Sunday, April 28, 11:45 p.m.
Bloor Hot Docs Cinema (506 Bloor Street West)

Tue, April 30, 4 p.m.
TIFF Bell Lightbox (350 King Street West)

Sun, May 5, 8:30 p.m.
TIFF Bell Lightbox (350 King Street West)

It takes all kinds to make up this world, and as, Fuck for Forest proves, it also takes all kinds to try to save it. The documentary is named for the unconventional non-profit it follows, a Berlin-based group that makes pornography and uses the profits for environmental activism. It’s the second feature from Michal Marczak, whose At the Edge of Russia won the Emerging Artist Award at Hot Docs in 2011. The Polish director once again embeds himself with his subjects to a remarkable degree. By filming them caressing, protesting, and yes, fucking, he makes the documentary bizarrely intimate, though never erotic or sensational.

Narrated by Marczak, Fuck for Forest takes on the tone of something like Planet Earth at times—removed and observational, yet utterly absorbing. Ostensibly a nature doc about nature freaks, the film by no means embodies the hippie ethos of his subjects. As the group travels from Berlin to the Amazon to try to help endangered communities in the region, the odd bunch discover nature isn’t a great unifier. Misunderstood by the people whom they’re trying to help, the disconnect between their project and the real world comes to the fore. (“There are many disasters all over the world and you’re talking about being naked,” says one man.) In another director’s hands, Fuck for Forest might have descended into cruel voyeurism, but instead it’s a subtle and quiet look at a group that is anything but.

EDITOR’S NOTE: The producers of this film have asked us to remove the photo for legal reasons.

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