International Film Festival Rotterdam

Illum Jacobi – The Trouble With Nature #IFFR2020

Play Podcast
10 min. and 41 sec.

An exploration of the “sublime” and our relationship with nature loosely inspired by the figure of Edmund Burke.

Play Podcast
10 min. and 41 sec.

PODCAST | Matt Micucci interviews Illum Jacobi, director of the film The Trouble With Nature.

To listen to the interview, click on the ► icon on the right, just above the picture

An interview with filmmaker Illum Jacobi, who talks with us about his latest film, The Trouble With Nature, presented in the Bright Future strand of the 2020 International Film Festival Rotterdam. The film is loosely based on the life of Edmund Burke, one of the architects of the capitalist system, and is especially inspired by his writings on the sublime. In our chat, Jacobi gives us his own definition of the sublime and talks about the relationship people have with nature today. He also tells us whether he sought to make his film a critique of the capitalist system, the importance of sense of humor in the movie, the challenges and upsides of shooting most of The Trouble With Nature outdoors and much more.

The Trouble With Nature: Rampant debt and a significant midlife crisis send philosopher Edmund Burke (Antony Langdon) fleeing from London to embark on an expedition through the French Alps. He brings along a servant on loan from his brother’s plantation in the West Indies, a young indigenous woman named Awak (Nathalia Acevedo from Post Tenebras Lux). Together they set out to discover the sublime in this 18th-century road movie. Ill-equipped for the outdoor life, Burke whinges the days away while Awak carries all their supplies and makes sure his face is perpetually powdered.

To discover more about the festival, click here.

  • Reporter
    Matt Micucci
  • Guest
    Illum Jacobi
  • Interviewee role
  • Film title
    The Trouble With Nature
  • Festival section
    Bright Future
Now playing:
Featured Posts