Bird Island


L'Île aux oiseaux

  • Maya Kosa
  • Sergio Da Costa

  • 2019
    • Switzerland
  • 60 min
  • Colour
  • PRODUCTION
  • Flavia Zanon, Joëlle Bertossa (Close-Up Films)

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After a long period of isolation, Antonin rediscovers the world in a refuge for wild birds. In this strange setting, cradled by the din of passing planes, care is given not only to wounded birds but also suffering souls.

With the Centre culturel suisse
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PRINT SOURCE: Close Up Films, info@closeupfilms.ch

Each day a little more intrigued by the birds and the work of Emilie the vet, Antonin grows close to a one-eyed owl whose release seems less then certain. The fate of this nocturnal bird of prey and the other patients gradually makes him aware that a serious threat hangs over the birds.
In choosing the learning curve as the storyline, the two directors again conceive filmmaking as taking everyday situations as the starting point to reveal an archetypal dimension. Here, the birds of prey, confined in large aviaries, become the metaphor of the foreigner, who is quarantined before flying far away. A parable on contemporaneity told through images as limpid and fundamental as the mystery they enclose.
–Daniela Persico (Locarno Film Festival)

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