About the films


“Rural Europe” is a journey of discovery, following the historic traces of European agriculture as we know it today. The series comes to know those people and regions that have been shaped by agriculture for centuries - and in which agriculture still determines a yet modern life. In the course of this filmic journey, the two documentaries first and foremost raise one question: In the 21st century, what is the future of agriculture and of the people who live on it?

South Tyrol

Alp meadows in blossom, endless orchards, romantic villages – this is what tourists know and love about South Tyrol. But this agricultural dream is the product of hard work. Farming here is a constant practical test: the main part of this region consists of high and rocky mountains. But the farmers have found their niches and managed to turn this once poor district into one of the richest parts of Europe. Everyone with their own methods: the mountain farmer family in the National Park Stilfser Joch, the mountaineer Reinhold Messner on his self-sufficient farm, the strawberry farmers on the Martell Valley, the winegrowers on the Kalterer Lake and many others. With spectacular pictures the film shows their stories – without which South Tyrol would not be what it is today.

South Sweden

The garden of Sweden is located in the southernmost part of the country: Scania. Seen from the air, pasture areas, fruit plantations and forests stretch over the whole land like a patchwork rug – a land which already Swedish fiction figure Nils Holgersson crossed on the backs of wild geese. The fertile land in the south, proverbially the “anteroom of sweet life”, is at the same time one of the most diverse landscapes in Sweden. Author Anne Mesecke goes on a journey of discovery through a cultural landscape which has been shaped by human beings for more than 7,000 years.