Imagine a world where everything in nature, from the landscapes and oceans to the weather and the animals, reflected the wilful activities of a pantheon of powerful gods. Where every plant, every animal, every geological feature had a story that linked is directly to the supernatural. Once upon a time, for a brief shining moment, such a place existed. This was Ancient Greece. A world of fascinating wildlife. This was the Garden of the Gods.
This film takes an extraordinary journey across the beautiful natural world of Greece, into the stories of the Gods who once presided here, and featuring the animals that inspired them.
German & English
Directed by Michael Schlamberger ● Written by Michael Schlamberger, Herbert Ostwald, Manfred Corinne ● Photographed by Rolando Menardi, Michael Schlamberger, Paul Johnson ● Camera Assistants Christian Ghafour, Peter Stachel ● Locationsound Christian Ghafour ● Location Managers Peter Praschag, Rea Apostolides ● Editor Andrew Naylor ● Assistant Editor Lukas Kogler ● Visuell Effects Simon Wendler, Raimund Sivetz ● Music Kurt Adametz ● Dubbing Edit & Mix Raimund Sivetz ● Sound Design Raimund Sivetz, Andreas Fabianek ● Written by Joe Kennedy, Martin Mészáros ● Narrated by Jean Pertwee ● Colourist Willi Willinger ● Scientific Consultants Peter Praschag, Boris Kryštufek, Petros Lymberakis, Milica Ivovic, Charikleia Minotou, Benny Trapp, Iasmi Stathi, Lily Venizelos, Georg Gassner, Peter Keymar ● Production Co-Ordinator Anita Pfeffinger ● Production Manager Rita Schlamberger ● Producer Michael Schlamberger ● Executive Producer Walter Köhler
Supported by MEDIA Program European Union.
Thanks to Andrej Zdravič, Archäologisches Museum Heraklion, Archelon Griechenland, Christina Zolotas, Christa Gamperl, Dimitris Poursanidis, Familie Geissler (Katerloch), Gerhard Brandstätter (Lurgrotte Peggau), Jan Ove Rein, Klaus Gowald, Kostas Pistolas, Kostis Grimanis, Owens Gareth, Selana Vronti, Thanasis Kitsandas
A Co-Production of ScienceVision, ORF, WDR and Off the Fence.
3rd Matsalu Wildlife & Environmental Film Festival
Estonia, September 2005: Best director in the category “Man and Nature”
Internationales Bergfilm-Festival Tegernsee
Germany, October 2005: Nomination
Kendal Mountain Film Festival
Great Britain, November 2005, Category Environment: Special Mention
29th International Wildlife Film Festival Montana
USA, May 2006, Honourable Mention for Creative Story-telling
International Meeting of Archaeological Film of the Mediterranean Area
Greece, November 2006, Special Award