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The Fifth Season

La Cinquième Saison

This chilling contemporary fable draws on traditional peasant folklore to chronicle what happens when Mother Nature turns her back on a small Ardennes village and refuses to let winter give way to spring.

Schedule
May 26, 2013
Sunday
8:30 PM AMC Pacific Place 11 Date has passed
May 27, 2013
Monday
10:30 AM AMC Pacific Place 11 Date has passed

Beautifully photographed in a palette of icy blues and cold earth tones, Peter Brosens and Jessica Hope Woodworth’s appropriately chilling contemporary fable draws on traditional peasant folklore to chronicle what happens when Mother Nature turns her back on a small Ardennes village and simply refuses to let winter give way to spring. As they do every year, the villagers—including newly cemented young couple Alice and Thomas (Aurélia Poirier and Django Schrevens)—gather for the traditional bonfire celebrating the coming end of winter, only to have the pyre refuse to catch fire. It soon becomes plain that this is not just a baffling, if mildly ominous, occurrence. Even though time passes, the season stays the same. Perpetual winter—with crops failing, starvation increasing and barbarity on the rise—becomes the norm and the locals grow more desperate by the day. Spiked throughout with surreal visual touches and charcoal-black humor, Brosens and Woodworth’s eerie tale strikes home with the force and truth of the best kind of cinematic art.

Director Biography
Peter Brosens (born in 1962, Leuven, Belgium) has been an independent filmmaker and producer since 1991. Prior to Khadak he produced and directed creative documentaries such as his ‘Mongolia Trilogy’: City of the Steppes (1993), State of Dogs (1998), and Poets of Mongolia (1999).Jessica Woodworth (born in 1971, Washington D.C., USA) grew up between Europe and the US. She studied literature at Princeton then worked in China for European networks. She got her MA in documentary from Stanford. She directed the documentary The Virgin Diaries in 2001. Jessica was the president of the jury at the 2011 Ghent International Film Festival.

Director: Jessica Woodworth, Peter Brosens
Principal Cast: Aurélia Poirier, Django Schrevens, Sam Louwyck, Gill Vancompernolle
Country: Belgium, Netherlands, France
Year: 2012
Running Time: 93 minutes
Producer: Peter Brosens, Diana Elbaum, Sébastian Delloye, Joop van Wijk, JB Macrander, Philippe Avril
Screenplay: Peter Brosens, Jessica Woodworth
Cinematographers: Hans Bruch Jr.
Editors: Jessica Hope Woodworth
Music: Michael Shöpping
Website: http://www.thefifthseason.be
Awards: Venice Film Festival 2012 (Green Drop Award, Arca CinemaGiovani Award: Best Film in Main Competition); Valladolid Film Festival 2012 (FIPRESCI Prize, Special mention of the Jury); Les Arcs European Film Festival 2012 (Best Photography, Best Actress, Cineuropa Prize)
Filmography: Altiplano (2009); Khadak (2006)
Language: French, Flemish
Subtitles: Yes
Format: DCP
International Sales: Films Boutique
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