Invitation / Announcement UK Preview DRAGONFLIES WITH BIRDS AND SNAKE by Wolfgang Lehmann

Dear Friends,

It’s a pleasure for me to informed you all to the United Kingdom preview of DRAGONFLIES WITH BIRDS AND SNAKE, perhaps is someone during the period in Bradford - so take the chance to enjoy the film.

19th Bradford International Film Festival
Media Museum. Bradford

13th April at the Impressions Gallery, Bradford
19th April at the Pictureville, Bradford

Film trailer

“A ‘nature film’ beyond even the wildest imaginings of David Attenborough: one silent hour of rhythmic, pulsating, fast-cut images of dragonflies, birds, a snake - and also some toads.
German-born, Swedish-based director Wolfgang Lehmann is evidently a keen scholar of the other three Rs: repetition, repetition, repetition. His most ambitious enterprise in a career that stretches back to the 1980s, Dragonflies is experimental film as beautiful mosaic, in which the rapidfire nature of the visual data means that everyone will ‘see’ something different depending on how the light and colours hit their retina.
Four years in the making and originally shot on gloriously imperfect 16mm before being transferred to video for editing, this hypnotically joyous evocation of natural lifecycles transcends ornithology and entomology to immortalise the most hidden and ephemeral of phenomena.”
(Catalogue text 19th Bradford International Film festival)

With my best wishes



“Nature never looked so alive yet mechanical in this highly recommended rhapsody of critters moving at the speed of camera and projector shutters.” Bill Stamets, Chicago Sun Times, 20 June 2012

”Who needs drugs when there are films like this? “Dragonflies with Birds and Snake” by Wolfgang Lehmann”, Leonardo Solaas, Buenos Aires on 9th April.

“Weaving together short, colorful bursts of zoological and educational footage of insects, birds, and amphibians, Wolfgang Lehmann’s feature-length film DRAGONFLIES WITH BIRDS AND SNAKE details the life cycle of a dragonfly and that species’ relationship with its ecosystem. (…) No individual segment is long enough to fully interrupt our perception of apparent motion however, so we in effect watch three sequences at once, with Lehmann massaging in new footage to replace older sequences. The film borders on overwhelming, but Lehmann holds interest through a rigorous yet clever editing principle that allows for the subtleties of shifting tempos and images to constantly surprise the viewer. A menagerie of semiotic editing techniques employed during this exercise allows the marshy world of the dragonfly to unfold before us: dragonfly larvae hatch, whilst mere frames later, a bird slowly devours an adult specimen. We see bird and prey gradually merge forms, holding a constant value of image as all other areas of the frame flicker between positive and negative image, blue sky or green grass. DM in
Chicago Guide to Independent and Underground Cinema, June 2012.

Wolfgang Lehmann