More Than Honey
Official film description...
From Markus Imhoof (the director of the Academy Award nominated film THE BOAT IS FULL) tackles the vexing issue of why bees, worldwide, are facing extinction.
With the tenacity of a man out to solve a world-class mystery, he investigates this global phenomenon, from California to Switzerland, China and Australia. Exquisite macro-photography of the bees (reminiscent of MICROCOSMOS) in flight and in their hives reveals a fascinating, complex world in crisis. Writes Eric Kohn in Indiewire: ''Imhoof captures the breeding of queen bees in minute detail, ventures to a laboratory to witness a bee brainscan, and discovers the dangerous prospects of a hive facing the infection of mites. In this latter case, the camera's magnifying power renders the infection in sci-fi terms, as if we've stumbled into a discarded scene from David Cronenberg's THE FLY.'' This is a strange and strangely moving film that raises questions of species survival in cosmic as well as apiary terms.
Notes on the film...
MORE THAN HONEY is the ideal ‘sharing DVD’ (to pass on to family and friends) and the perfect film to show at major events, in upper secondary classes, at universities and at in-house training courses. It is also suitable for middle school students, providing that only some sequences are chosen and the topic is well-prepared.
Touching and moving, the film always goes down well with audiences.
Rating from our film jury...
MORE THAN HONEY is an excellent film – very entertaining, intelligent and highly stimulating for the mind and soul.
The film offers an impressive and diverse presentation of a topic that has attracted little attention before now, and it raises our awareness of the importance of bees to our ecosystem. It is, without doubt, a very relevant, high-quality documentary based on outstanding journalism.
MORE THAN HONEY also has a high scientific value. The film is full of knowledge and facts and includes many empirical examples. It demonstrates clearly the dynamic development of the Earth’s system and the impact made by humans on this system, while maintaining a certain balance.
MORE THAN HONEY is also a very inspiring film. It makes us appreciate our natural environment and gives us the chance to gain a more global perspective and a collective awareness. One weakness of the film is that it shows very few ways, ideas or examples of how the situation could be improved and, therefore, fails to inspire in viewers the will to act.
Cinematically, the film is absolutely perfect. It is well-structured and riveting. The brilliant close-ups of the bees and their life in the beehive are astonishing. The imagery and scenes are unique, aesthetic and, like the music, they suit the content perfectly. Last but not least, the editing and camera work are remarkable.
‘Wow!’ is the reaction from the audience. They have truly never seen pictures like these before.” – Der Landbote
… spectacular shots… a film about how everything is interlinked and about the human race – Sonntagszeitung
…the powerful comeback of an important Swiss writer-director. MORE THAN HONEY was the highlight of the excellent programme at the Film Festival Locarno. – NZZ am Sonntag
A highlight and the crowning glory of the Film Festival Locarno: the marvellous documentary MORE THAN HONEY. – St. Galler Tagblatt
…Markus Imhoof’s documentary is simply fantastic. – Le TempsAwards: 9 wins & 4 nominations.
IMDb User-Rating: 7.6/10
Metascore Critics Rating: 70/100
Rotten Tomatoes User Rating: 7.3/10
Technical information and screening rights...
Director: Markus Imhoof
Run Time: 95 minutes
Language (Audio): English
Language (Subtitle): English
Narrated by two-time academy award nominee John Hurt (Midnight Express, The Elephant Man, V For Vendetta, Alien)