HD-DCP - 2018 - Austria - 97 - Color

The Green Lie

A film by Werner Boote

“When you shop with a conscience, you don’t save the world, you save the corporations”

Environmentally friendly electric cars, sustainably produced food products, fair production processes: Hurray! If everything the corporations tell us is true, we can save the world through our purchasing decisions alone! A popular and dangerous lie.

Are the industry's “green products” nothing more than a sales strategy?

In his new documentary film, Werner Boote (Plastic Planet, Everything's Under Control) shows us, together with environmental expert Kathrin Hartmann, how we can protect ourselves.

They easily banter, they agree to disagree and ultimately bring freshness to a never-ending debate.

Werner Boote


Werner Boote started out as a cable boy, working his way up and gathering all the necessary ingredients to make films along the way. He studied Drama and Theater Arts, Journalism, and Sociology at the University of Vienna and at the Film Academy. 

After years of being an Assistant Director (to Robert Dornhelm, Ulrich Seidl, Bud Spencer, Marvin Chomsky, and others), Boote began making his own films in 1993. 

His initial focus was on music, including the videos Anouk – Sacrifice (1999) and Andrea Bocelli – Cieli di Toscana (2002). Numerous award-winning music documentaries followed, for example Kurt Rydl – The Gladiator (2007), nominated for the FIPA European Film Award, or his unconventional opera documentary series for the Austrian Broadcasting Company, given the Best of Input Award for innovative television in San Francisco. 

In 2009, his first feature film, Plastic Planet, arrived in Austrian cinemas and went on to appear in over 80 countries. The movie inspired viewers to live a plastic-free life, achieved important social and legal changes, and won the Golden Romy for Best Feature Documentary.

In the movie Population Boom (2013), Boote called for more equal distribution and did away with the widespread worldview of overpopulation. The film was crowned with the Green Me Award for the Best Green Documentary in Berlin.

Following his jolting feature documentary Everything’s Under Control (2015) on the implications of surveillance, his new film The Green Lie will come to cinema screens in March 2018.

Werner Boote

Original language: German, English, Indonesian, Portuguese
Produced by: e&a film


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