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Four years' worth of lovingly captured nature images are the bare materials for this one-of-a-kind short film, which sets the flora and fauna of stunning Itatiaia National Park to music for 22 minutes of pure, unadulterated awe. Created by the Australian filmmaker Christian Spencer, 'The Dance of Time' is a soaring hymn to Nature and to the exuberant life of Brazil's native Atlantic forest ('mata atlântica'), capturing everything from racing clouds and shining water to the numerous hopping, creeping, hovering and crawling inhabitants of the vast nature reserve, set between Rio and São Paulo, which was Brazil's first national park.
Serious nature buffs will appreciate the sight of countless rare species, including a pair of beautiful swallow-tailed manakins ('tangarás dançarinos') courting. But you don't have to know a thing about ornithology, botany or biology to feel jolted into a world of mystery and delight at the sight of this unique, exquisitely filmed and edited work of art. Highly recommended.