Can you imagine a tourist attraction where people come to see a dead forest? Where they are not only observers, but also the ones being observed and heard by the black birds?
Tourists from different countries come to see the dead forest, inhabited by the black birds. The forest recalls a nuclear fallout for some of the visitors, while others relate it to Hitchcock’s The Birds. We see the tourists from the cormorants' perspective, where they look like a curious species exploring the strange landscape.
Gradually, a peculiar story is revealed: there used to be an ancient pine forest, but then several cormorants landed there. Now there are thousands of the birds and they kill the pine trees by...shitting. The human observations and responses to this environment are as multi-layered and bizarre as the history of the forest itself.
The film is set in the Curonian Spit, which is a very scenic peninsula in Lithuania, edged by the Baltic sea from one side, and the lagoon from the other. It is a Unesco heritage site, rich in natural resources and high-end beach resorts. For many people, the cormorant colony is a black spot in a heavenly setting.
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