Where Spiders DwellWhere Spiders Dwell
- Adam Schmedes
- Denmark, Sweden, France
- LOKE FILM, LIMNOVISION HB and LES FILMS GRAIN DE SABLE
52 minutes. Filmed in HD4K 2000 b/s & HD5K.
Their eyes are beautiful to behold. They are acrobats, dancers, musicians, divers, pilots, hunters, horrific cannibals, caring, self-sacrificing mothers and far more besides.The spiders are one of the most successful creatures on the planet. There are hundreds of them per square metre in Europe. They are the best regulators of insect populations and without them we would be suffocated by mosquitoes and flies. Their success is due to their almost uncanny ability to adapt, along with their mastery of the innumerable possibilities of silk. This film penetrates the magnificent visual world right before our all too unseeing eyes, in our homes and in our gardens.We will observe courtships in the bathroom, hunts in the darkness of the cellar, and as they hibernate beneath the ice and snow as we follow the rhythms of spider life in a cycle of instincts, fertility, maturity, death and birth, set too amidst the garden plants as our stars see them.The film has its secondary characters too: the family of bipeds. Mum is scared of spiders. Dad rescues her from the arachnid terrors of the bathroom but he is fairly chilled when it comes to cleaning, and he leaves a few spider-infested corners untouched. The daughter of the family loves spiders and other animals, but her brother enjoys subjecting them to experiments, especially if this also allows him to tease his little sister. The family’s attitudes change as the year goes by, ending in wonderment as they watch the spiders ascend into the blue sky at the end of the film. The spiders possess such skills that only with the latest recording technology with its 5K resolution and 2000 frames per second to capture their jumping and hunting techniques, graphic visualisations and multi-layer recording can we experience the world as they sense it and share how they experience human behaviours as an environmental disaster of tsunami-like proportions.