Andes Animal Kingdom
3 x 50 min
Director / Producer: Christian Baumeister
DP: Christian Baumeister, Alexander Sommer, Philipp Klein, Christian Muñoz-Donoso, Christiaan Muñoz-Salas
Format: 4 K
LIGHT & SHADOW for WDR, NDR, Arte, Autentic
The Andes is not just the longest chain of mountains on the planet, it is the most dynamic. Its relatively recent and sudden rise has been like a giant geological shock. Nature has had to respond, and as this spectacular mountain kingdom continues to rise, it pushes animals to ever-extraordinary limits: Monkeys snuggled in thick woolly coats against the lofty cold; scimitar-billed hummingbirds specialized to court and survive in remote, knife-sharp valleys; tiny cousins of the camel that sprint across arid grassland; and the ultimate glider through rarefied air – the Andean condor.
This three part exploration of the earth’s youngest, most exciting mountain range, is a journey up humid, mystical, forested slopes, across lonely, high-altitude pastures studded with snow-capped volcanos, and down majestic glacial valleys. Each film will portrait - in fresh and intimate detail - the lives of charismatic residents such as puma and spectacled bear, but will also reveal little-known behaviour of colourful and unique Andean animals that have adapted in surprising ways to their mountain kingdom’s urgent demands. Even more remarkable, this is a chance to showcase some of the rarest animals on the continent, such as the recently-discovered olinguito. From the tropical northern Andes to the chain’s frigid southern tail, this will be an emotional, exhilarating, cinematic revelation!