Red Forest Hotel

The director of Red Forest Hotel wanted to explore how China, the economic powerhouse, is pumping massive investment into recycling and renewable energy in response to climate change. But the project takes a surprise turn when the Finnish filmmaker gets stopped by local government officials on his way to film tree plantations in Guangxi province, southern China. Here, huge eucalyptus plantations are being developed by the world's second largest forestry corporation, Stora Enso, largely owned by the Finnish state. The filmmaker Mika Koskinen ends up trapped in a Kafkaesque situation: the officials praise the project's benefits, but prevent him from approaching the plantations and interviewing locals. Instead he gets isolated in a local hotel, and finds out that all his contacts have been detained…

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Red Forest Hotel
Original title Punaisen metsän hotelli
Year 2015
Genre Documentary