Scene from the film The Weather War
Scene from the film The Weather War
Scene from the film The Weather War
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The Weather War

  • Sweden
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The Weather War is a documentary/art film about man’s attempts to control the weather and harness it for his own purposes. In a blend of land art performance and road movie, artist duo Bigert & Bergström travel to the US tornado belt with their special machine-sculpture, the Tornado Diverter. The goal: To stop a tornado. Along the way, we see historical examples of how the science of meteorology developed in symbiosis with military goals and how these visions evolved into modern ideas of geo-engineering. Controversial ideas with socio-political consequences, spotlighting the big question of who is really entitled to modified weather.

In a larger perspective, the film features the problems faced worldwide due to global climate change. How do we behave to meet those challenges? Do we adapt? Or do we wage war against increasingly aggressive weather phenomena? Bangladesh is building protective walls against coming floods. China shoots rockets into threatening clouds. And in Italy, anti-hail cannons are fired to protect the year’s wine harvest.

This is the final film in the trilogy that Bigert & Bergström have been working with since 2002, dealing with the human obsession with control. The first film, Last Supper from 2005, is about the last meal offered to death row inmates before their execution. In 2008 came Life Extended, a film on the contemporary dream of a longer, or even eternal, life.


  • Original Title
    The Weather War
  • Direction
  • Cinematography
    Lars Siltberg
  • Editing
    Kristofer Nordin
  • Music
    OCSID, Carl Michael von Hausswolff, Jean-Louis Huhta, Edvard Graham Lewis
  • Sound
    Thomas Huhn Ljudligan
  • Runtime
    58 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Sweden
  • Format
    • Colour
  • Production
  • Festivals
    • Moderna Museet, Stockholm, 2012
    • CPH:DOX, Copenhagen, 2012
    • Gothenburg International Film Festival, 2013
    • Planete Doc, Warsawa, 2013
    • CinemAmbiente, Torino, 2013
    • Docville International Film Festival, Leuven, 2013
    • Swedish Institute, Paris, 2013
    • Doclounge, Malmö, 2013
    • Barcelona International Environmental Film Festival, 2013
    • Hirschorn Museum, Washington, 2014
    • Galerie Barbara Thumm, Berlin, 2014
    • Summerhall, Edinburgh, 2014
    • 21C Museum, Louisville, 2014
    • “Slow Future,” CCA, Warzaw, 2014
    • “Strange Weather,” Science Gallery, Dublin, 2014
    • Environmental Film Festival Melbourne, Australia 2014
    • Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival, 2014
    • Växjö Konsthall, 2015 is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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