An Oscar for an octopus: wins as best documentary “My friend at the bottom of the sea”
Oscar as best documentary to “My friend in the sea”, the film by Pippa Ehrlich and James Reed that tells the story of a particular relationship that is established between the photographer and naturalist video reporter Craig Foster and an octopus that lives on the seabed off the coast of False Bay, South Africa, nestled in a Kelp forest.
“My friend at the bottom of the sea” has conquered the highest peak: from the depths of the sea to the hills of Hollywood: the film, produced by Netflix, by Pippa Ehrlich and James Reed, won the 2021 Oscar for best documentary. The story of a particular relationship that is established between the photographer and naturalist video reporter Craig Foster and an octopus that lives on the seabed of the False Bay coast, in South Africa, immersed in a Kelp forest, had been in the smell of a statuette for some time.
Already winner of the Bafta Awards 2021, “My Octopus Teacher” tells, day after day, for more than a year and with a post-production lasting a decade, the fascinating life of an animal of which little is known but, also, the obsession of a man who, in order to overcome a period of depression, finds in that form of life a reason to review his own existence. And then Foster’s feelings are the masters more than all the rest: they become irreversibly invasive in the narrative and even morbid.
On AniMall24 we analyzed the documentary from different points of view, highlighting how important it is that a film dedicated to a species so far from ours has struck the hearts of many people but, at the same time, underlining that the anthropocentric aspect of the narrative it is an element that, at times, even creates a sense of unease for those who would actually like to have more details on the animal than on Craig’s personal history. Yet what has certainly allowed the work of Ehrlich and Reed to become so important on a global level and not be relegated to the interest of a few animal lovers is precisely that relationship, sometimes morbid, that the reporter and narrator believes he has established. with octopus.