Run-Time: 1 x 50 min.
Directed by Rita & Michael Schlamberger
A Co-Production of ScienceVision, ORF, NDR Naturfilm/doclights and ARTE in association with ORF Enterprise, supported by Cine Styria, Land Oberösterreich, Oberösterreich Tourismus, Land Niederösterreich, Land Kärnten Kultur, Carinthia Film Commission and
Languages: German (ORIGINAL) , English (DUBBED)
Format: 16:9 , 16:9
Wild Austria - Created by Water
Österreich - Die Kraft des Wassers
Part 1: White Water, Blue Water
Part 2: The Flow of Time
Austria's love affair with water has given her unique and amazing lanscapes and biospheres, carved out by Alpine glaciers, ancient seas and mighty rivers, home to iconic animals like eagles, wild boar, ibex, otters and deer.
Flowing or solid, water has astonishing power. Glaciers gouge and scrape mountains into bizarre forms over millions, sometimes just thousands of years. Receding, they scoop out and fill lakes, but even these finally dry out and the forest takes over. Rivers and waterfalls slice through mountains dragging millions of tons of gravel to the lowlands, spreading new habitats: nesting for little ringed plover or beds for airborn sycamore seeds that root and bind the new land.
Goldeneye ducks nest in abandoned woodpecker holes high in trees beside the river. Once a dozen siblings have hatched, the tiny ducklings leap after their mother, dropping up to ten metres to the water below. Straightaway they can swim. But learning to fish takes a bit more time - and plenty of error!
Austria's world-famous bird sanctuary, Lake Neusiedl, has its secrets. Hiding in the reeds, the cuckoo conceals his intentions well, fooling some birds - but not all - into bringing up its demanding and murderous offspring. Austria - Created by Water melds overwhelming spectacle with minature high drama in a portrait of a country where water in all its forms brings beauty - and life.