Netherlands / 2006 / 85'
Since the beginning of time the human race has tried to explain the primary elements of their world: Earth, Water, Fire, and Air. In these elements, one saw the kingdom of the gods. To keep the gods satisfied, the elements were handled with care. During the development of mankind they were deciphered, lost their mystical essence and were transformed into pure matter. As a consequence, people lost respect for their power. The forces of nature have been used, although they have never been totally dominated and controlled. This means that nowadays we are still fighting the sometimes dangerous battle to control earth, water, fire, and air. It is fascinating to see that those who are fighting this battle show a greater respect for the elements. In them we can see a sparkle of the primitive impulse, which has mostly disappeared in the human being.
Jiska Rickels was born in 1977 in the Netherlands. Before studying at the Dutch Film & Television School in Amsterdam, she travelled the world performing in various music theatre productions. During her studies, she also attended the Academy of Television & Film (HFF/M) in Munich. Her films include: Capoeira (1999), Mijn Paradijs (2000), Goetterdaemmerung (2002), her award-winning graduation film Untertage (2003), and Himmelfilm: How Were the Skies Like When You Were Young?