Birds of America

  • 80'
  • France
  • 2021

Breath-taking nature, huge swarms of birds of all kinds: when naturalist and artist John James Audubon arrived in the United States in the early nineteenth century, he stepped into a real paradise. But a fragile one, as the Frenchman quickly realised.

In Birds of America, filmmaker Jacques Loeuille composes a love letter to the founding father of nature conservation. Audubon not only made a name for himself, but also immortalised a vast, hugely varied range of birds in his sophisticated paintings, bursting with colour, energy and drama. Ground-breaking work, recording this diversity of bird life before it was banished from the earth forever.

Following a route along the Mississippi, Birds of America shows how much was lost in a relatively short time through industrialisation, greed and indifference. Animals were made extinct, Native Americans persecuted, landscapes despoiled. A saddening view of what humanity can do. As well as a passionate ode to what nature has to offer.

Director
Jacques Loeuille
Country of production
France
Production Year
2021
Festival Edition
IFFR 2021
Length
80'
Medium
DCP
Languages
French, English
Producer
Ariane Métais
Production Company
Météores Films
Sales
mk2 Films
Screenplay
Jacques Loeuille
Cinematography
Jacques Loeuille
Editor
Jacques Loeuille
Music
Nigji Sanges
Website
https://loeuille.com