July 24 – 28, 2024

Hannu, an aging curmudgeon, ponders life as he sits jn the sauna. He wanders alone within the Finnish forest where he observes the animals’ own encounters with life. We watch him set up hidden cameras in the forest, cameras that permit him even closer observation. Animals, like humans, he realizes, are predators, but they practice sustainability. Of all the animals he observes, he becomes most closely concerned about the lynx, elusive animals who avoid humans. He identifies with their effort to avoid others. We watch Hannu as he crawls on his hands and knees in the forest, setting up cameras that permit him to see more of this hidden life and wants to help this endangered species. Hannu is not just intellectually connected to the lynx; he has become emotionally connected to their life and to their survival. For us, the viewers, we get a bonus: as we watch, these hidden cameras permit us to see the Finnish forest in the twilight hours, an elusive moment not usually photographed and shown on film. Like Hannu, we too connect with the Eurasian lynx hiding in the forests.