Movies to celebrate World Environment Day
World Environment Day is celebrated every June 5, a date to commemorate the many efforts being carried out around the world to protect the environment and ensure a sustainable future.
Lush forests, desolate cities and fantasy landscapes are some of the settings in which our favorite films unfold. Each story introduces us to a new world, with places as special as the characters that inhabit them. Let’s celebrate these worlds together with our MFC Playlist of the best movies to celebrate World Environment Day.
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WALL-E (Andrew Stanton, 2008)
WALL-E is an animated film directed by Andrew Stanton, director of Finding Nemo (2003), and produced by Pixar Animation Studios in collaboration with Walt Disney Pictures. It is the story of a small robot named WALL-E, who spends his days cleaning the garbage humans left all over planet Earth before abandoning it. One day he meets EVA, another robot with the mission to look for signs of life on the planet, which would mean that humanity could inhabit it again.
The beautiful journey WALL-E and EVA take to save the environment is one of the most touching stories in the Pixar catalog and one of the most mature Disney films. After its release, WALL-E won the Best Animated Film category at the BAFTA, Golden Globes and Academy Awards.
Okja (Bong Joon-ho, 2017)
Okja is an adventure film co-written by Bong Joon-ho and Jon Ronson, with a cast consisting of Ahn Seo-hyun, Tilda Swinton, Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano and Steven Yeun. It tells the story of Mija, a young girl who develops a close relationship with Okja, a creature that belongs to a new species of super pigs. Mija seeks to rescue her from the hands of a corporation that wants to use it to produce food.
In addition to standing out for its production design, cinematography and avant-garde special effects, Okja is a film that investigates issues of great contemporary value such as the ethical consequences of animal exploitation and environmental health, sending a deep message against speciesism.
Princess Mononoke (Hayao Miyazaki, 1997)
Princess Mononoke is the eleventh feature film from the acclaimed Studio Ghibli and the sixth animated film by Hayao Miyazaki, visionary director of films like Spirited Away (2001) and considered by many to be the Walt Disney of Japan.
The film focuses on the fight between nature’s guardian spirits and humans who are dedicated to exploiting its resources. Although it may seem like a superficial fight between good and evil, it is a story that invites us to reflect on the ethical positions of the exploitation of nature and the conservation of the environment as the main source of life. Princess Mononoke was ranked number one in Japan’s highest grossing films in history until 2001, when it was bested by Spirited Away.
Blade Runner 2049 (Denis Villeneuve, 2017)
Blade Runner 2049 is directed by Denis Villeneuve, acclaimed director of science fiction films such as Arrival (2016) and the new Dune film adaptation. It is a sequel to the cyberpunk classic Blade Runner (Ridley Scott, 1982) and features performances by Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Robin Wright, Jared Leto, Dave Bautista, among others.
The film takes us thirty years after the original film and delves into previously raised themes, such as consciousness, identity and what it means to be human. Beyond its plot, Blade Runner 2049 allows us to take a look at a world devastated by climate change through shocking images and desolate landscapes, a world where the environment has been covered by the dust of oblivion.
The Lord of the Rings (Peter Jackson, 2001-2002-2003)
Based on the novels by British author J. R. R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings film trilogy takes us by the hand on a journey through Middle-earth, a fantasy world in which the lives of its inhabitants depend on it being balanced. The most important epic fantasy piece of all would not be the same without the importance given to the environment not only in the visual part, but also in the theme, where the fight of good against evil translates into that of the permanence of nature and life, against the destructive force of industrialization.
The three films were filmed simultaneously and had the participation of the largest production teams in film history, resulting in a trilogy of almost 12 hours long in its extended versions. The ambition and dedication poured into these films gave way to works full of technical and thematic beauty, making Peter Jackson one of the most respected directors in the industry and elevating the fantasy genre to the height of the best film productions.