Archive of films Travelling Birds / Le peuple migrateur

2001, 95 min

Section: Horizons
Year: 2002

From the creative team that made Microcosmos comes a similarly poetic film on the topic of bird migration. It not only demonstrates birds’ exceptional sense of orientation and nearly indefatigable will-to-life, but is also a metaphor for the hope of return, and takes advantage of nature’s graceful power.


A creative team similar to that which put together Microcosmos (1996), the well-received artsy documentary investigating the secrets of the insect kingdom, has made a parallel film focusing on birds and their remarkable ability to migrate. But the film does not merely prove birds’ exceptional orientation sense and nearly indefatigable will to live. It also serves as a metaphor for the hope of return. For many species migration represents an essential necessity providing for successful reproduction and allowing them to survive under often extreme conditions. To humans, however, it may seem a poetic description of life determined to endure despite adversities of weather, climate or the twistings of fate. Travelling Birds speaks to the viewer through poetic images, music and, above all, through the beauty of nature itself. Director Jacques Perrin narrates. At last year’s César’s the film was nominated for Best Director and Music and won for Best Editing.

About the director

Jacques Perrin (b. 1941, Paris) became famous as an actor, taking the 1966 Volpi Cup at Venice for his role in Almost a Man. As producer, he received a 1968 Academy Award Best Picture nomination for Z (dir. by Costa-Gravas). At the end of the sixties he began to produce many noteworthy documentaries and features: in collaboration with Christophe Barratier and Yvette Mallet he won a César for producing Microcosmos (1996), which also won the same award for music, editing, cinematography and sound; it won the Technical Grand Prize at Cannes as well. He cooperated with Jacques Cluzaud and Michel Debats on the likewise poetic Travelling Birds. He has directed the TV series Médecins des hommes (1988), produced the impressive adventure film Himalaya – l’enfance d’un chef (1999) and both produced ad directed his latest fim L’Empire du milieu de sud (2002).

About the film

Black & white, 35 mm

Section: Horizons
Director: Jacques Perrin in cooperation with: Jacques Cluzaud, Michel Debats
Screenplay: Jacques Perrin ve spolupráci/in cooperation with Stéphane Durand, Jean Dorst, Guy Jarry, Francis Roux
Dir. of Photography: Olli Barbé, Michel Benjamin, Sylvie Carcédo, Laurent Charbonnier, Luc Drion, Laurent Fleutot, Phillipe Garguil, Dominique Gentil, Bernard Lutic,Thiery Machado, Stéphane Martin, Fabrice Moindrot
Music: Bruno Coulais
Editor: Marie-Josephe Yoyotte
Producer: Jacques Perrin
Production: Galatée Films

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