March of the Penguins

Marche de l’empereur

Pochod tučňáků

  • Luc Jacquet
  • France
  • 2005, 80 min
Script: Luc Jacquet, Michel Fessler
Photography: Laurent Chalet, Jérôme Maison
Editing: Sabine Emiliani
Sound: Scott A. Jennings
Music: Alex Wurman, Emilie Simon
Color: Colour
Language: English, French

On the exact day of the autumnal equinox thousands of penguins leave the ocean and travel hundreds of kilometres across a treacherous sheet of ice to reach their procreation site. After engaging in their amorous dances, accompanied by noises of ecstasy, they mate at a place called Oamock. _ After their courtships, the entire population awaits the hatching of the eggs. However, the females leave the eggs with the males and set out through the polar winter back to the sea to find food. After they return the newborn offspring are passed back to them while the males embark on another exhausting march. _ This narrative film combines a nature documentary with the narrative elements, and in a fairytale style relates everything that the penguins are required to endure in order to survive. This anthropomorphic commentary presents one penguin family and attempts to mediate the thoughts and feelings of the animals. _ The emperor penguin is an animal adapted to the harshest living conditions on our planet. It lives on the Antarctic coasts and nearby islands. Around twenty colonies of these penguins are known to exist, with a total number of a quarter of a million birds. _ The filmmakers spent thirteen months in the South Pole in order to film the animals in their natural habitat. The film's stirring images capitalise on the photogenic qualities of the birds and draw on the experiences that the director Luc Jacquets acquired as part of a team at the French Research Institute in the Antarctic, for whom he worked as a cameraman.

Photo Gallery

Festival edition: 2006
Sections: Living Square
Exhibition format: 35 mm


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