The colour composition of a yellow and black snail shell, the orange reflection in the lake against verdigris green duckweed, the red worm that protrudes from the black earth. Phie Ambo's brand new and wordless film follows the passing of the seasons in a place that is spite of its natural wilderness is cultivated by humans - and where cows, earthworms, humans and plants are all protagonists. 'Songs from the Soil' was shot in connection with 'Good Things Await', and can here be experienced with a live choir, Theatre of Voices. A visual and musical narrative that challenges our experience of beauty and ugliness, and which might bring our consciousness somewhere else by focusing on all the things we don't usually pay attention to, or maybe once did, before we learned to make our thinking and emotions more efficient in well-structured, rational paths.
- by Phie Ambo, Danish Documentary
Malene Flindt Pedersen
Phie Ambo (born 1973) was trained at the National Film School of Denmark, graduating as a documentary film director in 2003. Famous for her feature length documentary films true to the tradition of poetic, personal and cinematic language, Ambo deals with essential topics such as family relations, love, creative processes and artificial life. Phie Ambo has directed a number of award-winning films for the cinema, including major works such as Family (2001), Gambler (2005), Mechanical Love (2007), Free the Mind (2012) and Good Things Await (2014).
A sincere thank you to Malene Flindt Pedersen and Danish Documentary for their generous contribution.