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The Heaviest Order

Synopsis

Greta Thunberg places a significant order at a bakery...


Our Review

An engaging screenplay. To make a film truly impactful on important societal issues, it must surpass mere technical brilliance. It needs to strike the right emotional chord, prompting a shift in our perspectives and approaches.

Peter Böving's approach to addressing such a daunting problem is brilliant. The 'The heaviest order' demonstrates that even a serious issue can be tackled with a lighter touch. The presence of the massive cake on the screen effectively conveys the magnitude of food wastage every minute. This short film possesses the ability to entertain, enlighten, and inspire. Kudos to everyone involved in bringing this project to fruition!

Director Biography - Peter Böving


Director Statement

The film begins with musical references to the Thuringian children's song "Backe, backe, Kuchen" (Bake, bake, cake). This simple song is fundamentally enumerative in content, essentially a pure baking recipe. Its simplicity and clarity radiate a "healthy" approach to food. In other words: baking - simple - analog! In the short film, this cake is created at the request of a young activist, even though the accompanying elements may remind one somewhat of the US short film series "The Little Rascals." The intended feel-good atmosphere serves primarily the purpose of creating the greatest possible anticipation for the punchline in the finale, which puts the issue of food waste at the center of the film.

Food Waste

Food waste is not only ethically questionable but also a waste of fundamental resources such as arable land, water, and energy. Moreover, discarding food represents a financial inefficiency: on average, every Swiss household disposes of food worth over 600 Swiss Francs annually, just like that. In Germany, the estimated amount of wasted food per person is about 75 kg per year, which roughly equates to costs of around 235 euros per person per year.

However, this issue is not limited to Europe alone. In every corner of our globe, the careless handling of food can be observed. From lush fields to bustling markets, from crowded supermarkets to home kitchens, food waste leaves its bitter mark everywhere. Whether it's on the endless fields of large-scale farms or in the narrow alleys of street vendors, food meant for consumption often meets a sad end in the trash.

Humanity has reached a point where the consequences of its waste can no longer be ignored. A careless attitude toward food not only risks squandering precious resources but also contributes to global ecological inequality. While some revel in abundance, others struggle to obtain the most basic sustenance.

It is up to all of us to put a stop to this concerning trend. A more mindful approach to food, from production to consumption, is necessary to preserve this precious resource and, at the same time, restore ecological balance. Looking beyond our national borders should make us aware that addressing the challenge of food waste is a global task that demands collective efforts. Only by addressing this issue on an international level and collaboratively finding sustainable solutions can we improve the situation.

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  • Peter Böving

  • Peter Böving

  • Peter Böving

  • Böving


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