Seven stories about water. Seven stories about people who work with water. Seven European locations in the midst of globalisation. And at the same time seven ancient uses of water: drinking, watering, boating, fishing, swimming, baptising, harvesting. Buried wisdom that water communicates to whomever it touches. Filmed in seven locations in Scotland, France, Germany, Switzerland and Spain.
Whisky distillers, pump builders, lock keepers, fishermen, water technicians, ferrymen and an old olive farmer explain how they deal with the element of life. They give their philosophical insights that water whispers to them. Between the seven stories, surprising connections develop across borders and they transcend the discourse on water as a mere resource.
Jim McEwan, Andrew Brown, Gérard Bouteiller, Andrea Hummel, Bernd Gräfe, Alain Canu, Daniel Simonne, Jérôme Lefeuvre, Bernd Green, Steffen Schulz, Rémy Wirtz, Firmo Ferrer and many more.
Directed by Eberhard Spreng
Screenplay: Eberhard Spreng
DOP: Eberhard Spreng
Editing: Eberhard Spreng
Eberhard Spreng began making Super 8 films at the age of 16. He studied at the Free University in Berlin and works as a freelance cultural journalist, translator and author for media in Germany, France and Switzerland, especially Deutschlandfunk and Tagesspiegel. He also works as a dramaturge and translator for important theatres in France. Since 2010, he has increasingly worked as a documentary filmmaker.
Tout doit disparaître – Everything must disappear (2009) 45 min. (director and producer)
Seven Waters (2015/ 2020), 94 min., (Water for Life – International Competition Award, New Delhi), (director and producer).
Firmo Ferrer – Life in Three Dictatorships (2017), 52 min. (director and producer).
Bye Bye Berlin (2020) Antonio Nábolo and Eberhard Spreng (director and producer).
What actually still connects us with each other? WhatsApp? The telephone? The motorway? The documentary Seven Waters is about an element that physically connects people to everything that lives and also links them to each other in a more mysterious, spiritual way: a natural internet. The protagonists of “Seven Waters” gain their thoughts directly from dealing with the liquid element – for them, physics and metaphysics are still directly connected, which seems old-fashioned at first glance and yet, in the 21st century, is rather avant-garde.
“Seven Waters is a film about water, a resource vital for human life and for life in general… its creative and, of course, destructive force. “(Le Républicain d’Uzès)
FESTIVALS & AWARDS
“Seven Waters” wins the Water for Life Award in the international competition at the 8th CMS Vataran Environment & Wildlife Film Festival:
“For its lyrical narrative that connects multiverse experiences of water and human existence. The film is a deeply moving exploration of sustainable technologies and natural resources. The cinematography of the film is a visual treat.”
(Vatavaran Festival Jury)
NaturVision Film Festival 2017