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SXSW 2013 Film Reviews: 'Fuck for Forest'

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Reviewed by Audra Schroeder, Fri., March 15, 2013

Fuck for Forest

Visions, North American premiere
D: Michal Marczak

Polish filmmaker Michal Marczak's Fuck for Forest focuses on a Berlin charity of the same name, which runs on the idea that performing and distributing pornography on the Internet (and in public) can be used for more than material exploitation – it can possibly save a rainforest. As the film opens, we meet Danny, a naive musician who has run away from his dysfunctional family in Norway and arrived in Berlin, where he quickly falls in with Fuck for Forest's free-love figureheads, Tommy, Leona, and Natty. In Berlin, their Internet "eco-porn" is somewhat accepted as performance art. Two-thirds of the way through the film, the group makes a trip to a village in Peru, which is in danger of deforestation, and Marczak finally reveals the fissures; their idealistic cause is not universally understood, and they are laughed out of town. The aimlessness of their cause is apparent almost immediately, but we don't ever get a sense of what their mission really is.

Saturday, March 16, 6:30pm, Topfer
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