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Secrets of the Adriatic
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Nowhere else has man so severely effected his environment as along the Adriatic coast. Land and ocean have gone through drastic changes. However, hardly anywhere else can such a fascinating juxtaposition of wild nature and world famous places, of comings and goings, of beauty and destruction be observed. Here unique historical regions are found, craftsmen and artists have created treasures over the last thousands of years which seek any comparison. This film is a time journey through the history of European civilisation.

Writer & Director: Michael Schlamberger
Camera: Michael Schlamberger, Rolando Menardi
Edit: Raimund Sivetz
Location Sound: Jörg Goldbrunner, Christian Ghafour
Sound Edit: Raimund Sivetz, Bernadette Emsenhuber
Dubbing Mixer: Raimund Sivetz, Cornelius Wildner
Music: Kurt Adametz

A Co-production of ScienceVision, ORF, Docstar and BR.

For a long time, the Adriatic Sea uses to be Central Europe’s only link to the orient. Thus, that small sea became a symbol of the great, big and exotic world, enabling the town of Venice to call herself 'Queen of the Seven Seas'. Cultural riches are embedded on the Adriatic’s coasts against a natural backdrop unequalled in the world. Here, nature is inextricably linked to culture: no matter whether congas and lobsters populate shipwrecks of the old Austrian navy, or whether Eleonora’s falcons hunt for black marins above the pinnacles of Drubrovnik - here, wildlife is never remote from culture.

Locations for this documentary will be impressive coastlines and the waters of several countries - from Cres, a vultures’ island via the Krka Waterfalls to Italy’s Macchie Plains with their variety of birdlife. The film will follow the trail of the monk seal who is one of the world’s most endangered species, investigate unterwater caves and present a series of typical species which even the most tenacious of Adriatic holiday makers hardly ever see - among them leopard snakes, Cory’s shearwaters, golden jackals, short-toed eagles, porcupines and loggerhead turtles.

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