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3th DMZ Docs(2011)

I AM DOCU



Flirting with Heights

Jean-Michel BERTRAND

  • France
  • 2010
  • 70min
  • DigiBeta
  • color

Synopsis

This is a wildlife documentary, but it is like no ordinary documentary we are used to seeing. It often contains selfshot scenes of a documentary maker who goes to an enormous amount of effort to capture the life of wildlife. Thus, the film becomes not only an informative documentary that shows the characteristics of wildlife but also the selfconfession of a man who perseveres for several years to achieve an objective. Documentary film director JeanMichel Bertrand camped out in the Alps to capture the life of wild eagles, becoming assimilated with nature as he recites a saying “Time is a friend.” Colorful pictures and black and white shots of dust and snow show the flow of time. The film delicately captures the movement of wind and the sound of babbling water; the entire grandeur and tension of nature is communicated through the sound and images of the film. We the audience experience the director’s perseverance right at the place where he camped inside the mountains, waiting for the wingbeat of an eagle. Through the cautious and tense routines of the director, we can take this noble and lofty moment as a gift. He prudently selected the object to follow and live with. The images captured by his camera are a token of trust that a human and an animal shared. The film is a fresh panorama with spectacular scenery, and it is a drama of intense moments where the survival of wildlife is observed. It is a wonderful experience, both pleasant to your eyes and heart full with sympathy. (JEONG Minah)

Review

Director

  • Jean-Michel BERTRAND

    French director Jean-Michel Bertrand was born in 1959 in Saint-Bonnet, a cozy town lost in the Alps. His love for nature has brought him to the four corners of the world. Being an ecologist with a passion for images, he shot his first long movie in Island, which won a prize at the film festival Grands Voyageurs de Super Dévoluy. Later his camera traveled from Belfast to Dublin to reveal the destitution of children from the street. Once back to France, Jean-Michel took up more personal filming, looking for ‘his’ eagle – a mythical bird that has captivated his imagination since childhood. Flirting with Heights (2010)​ 

Credit

  • ProducerJean-Michel BERTRAND
  • Cinematography Jean-Michel BERTRAND
  • Editor Dominique MARCEL, Sonia BONVOISIN, Henry ERISMAN
  • Music Jakob VINJE
  • Sound Philippe CHARDONNEL, Marie-Jeanne WYCKMANS

Distributor / World Sales

Production Company  Doc & Film International

Address  13 rue Portefoin 75003 Paris, France

Tel  33 1 42 77 56 87

E-mail  international@docandfilm.com​