More Than Honey
In More Than Honey, Academy Award nominated director Markus Imhoff (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 great mystery, he investigates this global phenomenon, from California to Switzerland, China and Australia. Exquisite macro-phography of the bees (reminiscent of Microcosmos) in flight and in their hives reveals a fascinating, complex world in crisis. The film shows a detailed look at the breeding of queen bees, the laboratory process of a bee brainscan, and a hive facing the infection of mites. Writes Eric Kohn in Indiewire: "The camera's magnifying power renders the infection in sci-fi terms, as if we've stumbled on to a discarded scene from David Cronenberg's The Fly.
Switzerland's official selection for the 2013 Best Foreign Film Academy Away, More than Honey is a strange and strangely moving film that raises questions of species survival in cosmic as well as apiary terms.