France 2022, 80 min, No Dialogue, No Subtitles

Considered king of the forest, the oak symbolizes power and longevity.

Yet, it is little-known that the oak is also the busiest social network in Europe. It is both a shelter and a source of life that offers protection and hope.

Many families inhabit the oak like a home or an abode. They have taken up residence there and live together as in a proper society: problems with the neighbors, education, survival, solidarity, etc.
Heart of Oak is more than a documentary: It is a real, nature and wildlife opera.

Drawing us into the rhythm of this mythic tree’s heart, the film will immerse us in this source of life from various species’ points of view.

Previous Festivals: Berlinale

Screening Schedule:
  • Sat 28.05 | 10:00 | Cinematheque 5
  • Sat 04.06 | 10:30 | Cinematheque 4

A recognized specialist in animal films for more than 30 years, Laurent Charbonnier has obtained numerous prizes at various French and international film festivals. That is, the role, or better yet vocation that he has been carrying out all his life, following the bent of his early teenage passions.

Michel Seydoux began his career as assistant to the President of the Central Organization of Youth Camps and Activities (OCCAJ) from 1968 to 1970. In 1971, he founded Caméra One, the feature film production company that he manages. He is the former president of Air Littoral Holding as well as the football club Losc Lille until January 2017.
He is currently the chairman of Gaumont and a Member of the executive board at Pathé.
Heart of oak, which he co-directed with Laurent Charbonnier, is his first feature film as director.

Production: Barthélémy Fougea, Michel Seydoux
Script: Michel Fessler, Michel Seydoux
Editing: Sylvie Lager
Cinematography: Samuel Guiton, Mathieu Giombini, Laurent Charbonnier
Sound Design: Martine Todisco, Philippe Penot, Marc Doisne, Samy Bardet
Music: Cyrille Aufort, Original song by Tim Dup

Source: Gaumont