Entry 21-825 | Germany | 2021 | 52’ | Language: English | Subtitles: Estonian

My Dragon River

Mu kiilide jõgi

A humble river in north-west Germany shows itself to be a natural paradise, where Banded Demoiselle dragonflies flutter on sapphire wings over the water-meadows, foxes bring up their young, and beavers build their lodges. Dagmar Hilfert-Rüppell and Georg Rüppell film these butterfly-like flying jewels in breathtaking slow-motion- and macro sequences, both above and below the water. They also reveal the fishing techniques of the kingfishers, and of the dippers, the only songbirds that swim and hunt underwater. This riverine life is fill of mini-dramas, from the mating flights of the male dragonflies to the consummation of their love-wheels and the precision of the females’ egg-laying; from the leaping, insect-grabbing attacks of the frogs to their own desperate attempts to escape the sudden assaults of swimming grass snakes.

Original title: Im Reich der Auen - die Oker
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Dagmar Hilfert-Rüppell, Georg Rüppell
Georg Rüppell, Dagmar Hilfert-Rüppell, Beat Schneider, Jan Rüppell
Andree Fischer
Jörg Magnus Pfeil, Siggi Müller
Simon Riedel
Production Company
Doclights, Hamburg
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Best Cinematography
"My Dragon River" stands out for the simplicity and for the fact that even with the more basic equipment it is possible to capture beautiful images – underwater shots with GoPro etc. Yet, the footage itself was well captured and refined the story. Also we enjoyed the beautiful close-up sequences of dragonflies in flight.

Special Jury Prize
It is a beautiful documentary and has captured the life of dragonflies very well through beautiful slow motion sequences. It gives a very good educational aspect and everyone can learn more about dragonflies. Nevertheless, there are many funny moments that will make the audience laugh.

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