27th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival
LANGUAGE OF THE BIRDS
director: Erik Bullot
original title: Langue des oiseaux
running time: 54 min.
synopsisSince time immemorial, people have been trying to understand, describe and imitate birdsong and translate it to their own language, perhaps hoping to learn to communicate with birds. This film which is told from the perspective of a future era after the sixth mass extinction of species is conceived as an ironic overview of the history of the attempts to establish this kind of interspecific communication. Through a series of encounters with musicians and music theorists, the film poses the question whether birdsong only serves a biological purpose or whether it has any poetic qualities and/or fixed rules. However, the often absurd effort to discover the secret of the bird language is motivated not only by curiosity but also by an unsettling desire to dominate.
“The main idea of the film is that of translation. I do not believe in an immediate relationship with the animal, our relationship is always mediated by third parties, technical agents.” — Érik Bullot
biographyÉrik Bullot (* 1963) is a filmmaker and a theoretician who authored numerous films that merge documentary and experimental filmmaking. His works have been presented at many festivals and in the foremost world museums. He teaches at École National Supérieure d'Art in Bourges, France.
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|producer:||Elisabeth Pawlowski, Elsa Minisini|
|sound Design:||Mikaël Barre|
|skladatel:||Arnaud Deshayes, Abril Padilla|