Bears of the Karawank Mountains

Bears of the Karawank Mountains

The bears are back! Once scarcely seen in central Europe, shaggy 300 kg brown bears, are once again padding through Slovenia’s Alpine forests and crossing borders into Austria and Italy. In these limestone ranges within sight of the warm Mediterranean, they hardly ever come into conflict with people – unless they sense the presence of honey! In Slovenia cubs stay with their mother up to three years before striking out alone in search of new territory. Young males wander north as far as the Karawank Alps. Few – unlike the hero of our story – dare to cross the awe-inspiring 2,500 metre massif. This film opens our eyes to bears’ enormous power, intelligent curiosity and surprising habits: some bears hibernate with bats that huddle together and even mate in their cave, unfazed by the slumbering giant beneath. Biological research tells us the brown bear is an infallible indicator of intact biospheres: Where this top predator settles, other species thrive: from large mammals like wolves and lynx, to altogether humbler residents like mu ... The bears are back! Once scarcely seen in central Europe, shaggy 300 kg brown bears, are once again padding through Slovenia’s Alpine forests and crossing borders into Austria and Italy. In these limestone ranges within sight of the warm Mediterranean, they hardly ever come into conflict with people – unless they sense the presence of honey! In Slovenia cubs stay with their mother up to three years before striking out alone in search of new territory. Young males wander north as far as the Karawank Alps. Few – unlike the hero of our story – dare to cross the awe-inspiring 2,500 metre massif. This film opens our eyes to bears’ enormous power, intelligent curiosity and surprising habits: some bears hibernate with bats that huddle together and even mate in their cave, unfazed by the slumbering giant beneath. Biological research tells us the brown bear is an infallible indicator of intact biospheres: Where this top predator settles, other species thrive: from large mammals like wolves and lynx, to altogether humbler residents like mushrooms, or the Carnic honeybees. And as forests reclaim fields left fallow by the rural exodus, is this a chance for bears too? Featuring the spectacular Karawank peaks with their harsh north faces and gentler southern slopes, this blue chip UNIVERSUM documentary follows a young brown bear on his quest for a territory to call his own. In the process, we discover how Slovenia – the country with by far the largest number of brown bears – is also the one that has least trouble getting along with them! more

  • 00:53:00
  • 4k
  • 5.1
  • ORF Universum
  • 2021

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Bears of the Karawank Mountains
Bears of the Karawank Mountains
Bears of the Karawank Mountains
Bears of the Karawank Mountains
Bears of the Karawank Mountains
Bears of the Karawank Mountains
Bears of the Karawank Mountains
Bears of the Karawank Mountains

Credits


Writer and Director

EVA GRESSEL


Principal Cinematography

Dietrich Heller

Johannes Pötscher

Marc Graf

Christine Sonvilla


Additional Photography 

Robert Neumüller

Rolando Menardi

Martin Stoni

Robert Gamperl

Ingemar Arnold

Engelbert Obex

Mario Kreuzer


Camera Assistant

Günter Schinnerl

Simon Micheler




Drone Photography

Philipp Peyer


Arial Photography

Kevin Wendler



Helicopter Pilot

Stefan Seer


Music

Erwin Kiennast


Narrator

Andrew Golder


Narration Text

Franz Fuchs


Editor

Lukas Kogler


Sound Design

Katharina Pichler


Foley Artist

Otgar Kunert



Dubbing Mixer

Christofer Frank


Colourist

Raimund Sivetz


VFX Artist

Simon Wendler

Stefan Pausch

Students of the Vienna Filmacademy


Compositing

Maximilian Welscher



Archives

Patrick Centurioni

Dietmar Nill


Scientific Consultants

Paolo Molinari

Stanislav Gomboc



Animal Wrangler

Zoltan Horkai

Günther Rath


Falconer

Franz Schüttelkopf



Special Thanks to

Carnica Rosental, Klopeinersee - Südkärnten

Geopark Karawanken, Feistritzer Alm, Achomitzer Alm

Cumberland Wildpark Grünau

Lurgrotte Peggau, Nationalpark Risnjak

Nationalpark Triglav, Montasio Alm

Der Wilde Berg Mautern: Sonja Gollenz, Werner Pleiner

Arge Naturschutz Kärnten: Klaus Krainer, Martin Jaindl

Dietmar Streitmaier, Julia Stoni, Hans Millonig


Line Producer dreiD.at

Franz Fuchs


Production Manager

Alexandra Herzog



Executive Producer

Lukas Kogler


Producer ZDF

Katharina Krohmann


Commissioning Editor ZDF

Ann-Christin Hornberger


Producer ORF

Elisabeth Faber

Gabriele Wistawel



Commissioning Editor ORF

Andrew Solomon



Series Editor ORF

Gernot Lercher



Head of Specialist Factual ORF

Thomas Matzek





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