Pendant des siècles, les habitants du village islandais de Vík í Mýrdal ont entretenu avec le volcan « Katla » une relation mystique. Aujourd’hui, Katla attire les touristes du monde entier et s’est converti en source de revenus. KATLA plonge dans l’ambiguïté d’une communauté qui, dans sa quête de richesse, devient étrangère à son propre environnement.
In the shadow of the Icelandic volcano ‘Katla’ lies the village Vík í Myrdal. The eyes of the villagers have been stubbornly fixated on her for centuries, trying to fathom the dormant danger. The volcano, covered under a massive glacier does not expose its secrets easily. In recent years, though, she has been showing signs of increased activity. Throughout history the presence of this fire-breathing mountain has been fulfilling an ever evolving role in the daily life of the nearby villagers, who have to live with her presence. This shift in meaning will be illustrated in the documentary by three protagonists, which all represent a different generation with a disparate view on the forces of nature that surround them. Their storylines come together in the present relationship between both volcano and village.
RÉALISATION Ischa Clissen & Dorus Masure