Die Ameisen des Midas oder wie man einen Faun in eine Pflanze verwandelt / Le Formiche di Mida o della trasformazione di un Fauno in una pianta / ミダース王の蟻、または牧神を植物に変える方法
will be a 70 min film essay I am currently working on
Once upon a time there was a baby. While sound asleep myriads of ants climbed up its tiny body and fed it with grains. The baby turned into King Midas who loved gold so much that he wished and was granted the golden touch, which made him turn his own daughter into gold.
MIDAS’ ANTS will be a cinematic inquiry pinning down those moments of crystallisation in Occidental history, at which our ancestors no longer felt part, but in opposition to nature – an investigation on where and when our concept of nature mutated. The film will trace stations: Actaeon who turned into a deer, Chiron who was taught by a good Centaur, Daphne who turns into a laurel, Syrinx who turns into reeds and the Japanese Kalavinka, a colourful bird with a woman’s head – all ample indicators.
The project, now at the stage of developing received support from the Austrian ministry of arts. It will be shot in Napoli, Roma, Firenze, Istanbul, Palermo, Caserta, Mantova, Iwate, Tochigi, Kumamoto, Tokyo, Tarquinia and Vienna.