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Once Upon a Forest

Il Etait une Forêt

France | 2013 | 79 minutes | Luc Jacquet

In this visually spectacular journey from the director of March of the Penguins, we travel with ecologist/botanist Francis Hallé in the Amazon rainforest canopy as he chronicles the wonders of photosynthesis and animal life.

May 24, 2014
SIFF Cinema Uptown Festival  
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May 26, 2014
SIFF Cinema Egyptian  
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June 1, 2014
Kirkland Performance Center  
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In a tropical forest canopy high above the ground, botanist Francis Hallé sits and draws intricate drawings of all that he surveys. These drawings come alive in Oscar®-winning director Luc Jacquet’s (March of the Penguins) new film, Once Upon a Forest. Filming primarily in the Amazon jungle in Peru and in the Congo rain forest in Gabon, Jacquet’s team invites the spectator into a never-before-seen world of natural wonder and staggering beauty using powerful telephoto lenses and drones to capture novel views of nature. These striking frames are featured alongside animated sequences of the botanist’s drawings. Hallé’s vision of the world in a constant state of flux is newly expressed by this blending of visual techniques. What’s more, Jacquet illustrates how trees have the ability to communicate with other species for mutual benefit, providing a haven while defending themselves against predators. Drawing on a vast quantity of research and knowledge, Jacquet and Hallé’s journey into the depths of the tropical jungle to deliver a film of complete sensory immersion into the primeval splendor of the rainforest.

Director Biography

After studying the behavior of animals, Luc Jacquet made his first scientific trip in Antarctica at age of 24. Fascinated by the animal world, Jacquet particularly admires penguins, and made his first feature about them, March of the Penguins, in 2005. Once Upon a Forest is his third directorial effort.

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Director: Luc Jacquet
Country: France
Year: 2013
Running Time: 79 minutes
Producer: Yves Darondeau, Christophe Lioud, Emmanuel Priou
Screenplay: Luc Jacquet, Francis Hallé
Cinematographers: Antoine Marteau
Editors: Stéphane Mazalaigue
Music: Éric Neveux
Website: Official Film Website
Filmography: The Fox and the Child (2007); March of the Penguins (2005)
Language: French
HasSubTitles: Yes
Format: DCP
International Sales: Wild Bunch
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