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When John-James Audubon returned from his travels in the early 19th century, he brought with him a color-plate book that earned him the title “world’s first birdwatcher”. Entitled The Birds of America, this collection of illustrations embodies the richness of American wildlife to this day (a copy has recently been sold at Sotheby’s for £7,321,250). But unlike the ones on paper, the real birds—ones that chirp and fly about—gradually vanished as urbanization and industrialization invaded and devastated their habitats. The film takes us on a journey along the Mississippi River, comparing Audubon’s discoveries to present-day reality. Steeped in folklore, political anecdotes, and social struggles, this is the story of American history told from the perspective of its slowly withering wilderness.

Previous Festivals: CPH:DOX, The International Film Festival Rotterdam

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Screening Schedule:
  • Sun 04.07 | 12:00 | Cinematheque 1
  • Wed 07.07 | 14:15 | Cinematheque 4
  • Watch online | The film will be available from July 1st until July 10th

Jacques Lœuille is a French writer and director born in 1983. He is a graduate of Nantes Fine Arts School and of Le Fresnoy-National Studio of Contemporary Arts.
He has directed numerous short films including An American Stroll in Flanders, An Optimist in Andalusia and .45 Magnum.

Production: Ariane Métais
Production Company: Météores Films, Arte France Cinema
Editing: Isabelle Manquillet
Music: Nigji Sanges