Metamorphoses: Costa Rica


Costa Rica is famous for its national parks, tropical forests and rare wildlife. Less well known is that the forests here had been disappearing for centuries – mainly giving way to agriculture. But now the country has taken a new direction. Vast areas have been reforested, the natural flora and fauna are recovering. The film explores something that was long thought impossible: the return of the tropical forest and its inhabitants.

Written and directed by Frank Nischk // Camera: Sven Kiesche // Sound: Maximilian Bartusch // Film editor: Isabelle Albert // Assistant editor: Ayşe Remmler // Music: Thomas Wolter // Narrator: Paul Bendelow // Soundmix: Florian Ebrecht // Colour correction: Dany Schelby // Additional footage: Hans Giffhorn, Luis Fonseca // Production assistants: Laura Bleifuß, Isabell Straub // Production manager: Katja Sträter // Executive producers: Thomas Weidenbach, Sarah Zierul // Our thanks go to: Biodiversity Partnership Mesoamerica, Travel to Nature // ARTE G.E.I.E.: ‘Wissen’ department – Christian Cools, Sabine Joertz, under the direction of Alexander von Harling, Production – Heike Lettau, Yvette Durrenberger // WDR ‘Planet Schule’ and ‘Xenius’: Commissioning editor – Birgit Keller-Reddemann

  • YEAR 2021
  • LENGTH 52/45/12 min