Bird People

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    Bird People

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    128 min

    • French
    • English
    • Japanese

    Drama, Fantasy, Romance

    Cannes IFF - Un Certain RegardToronto IFF - Contemporary World Cinema

    In a Paris airport zone, two strangers try to make sense out of their lives: an american engineer under great professional and emotional pressure who decides to radically change the course of his existence, and a young hotel chambermaid who goes through a life-altering supernatural experience.


    • Standard Readers Jury Award - Viennale



    Josh Charles
    Anaïs Demoustier
    Roschdy Zem
    Camélia Jordana
    Geoffrey Cantor
    Clark Johnson
    Taklyt Vongdara
    Radha Mitchell
    Pascale Ferran
    Guillaume Bréaud
    Julien Hirsch
    Mathilde Muyard
    Béatrice Thiriet


    An ambitious French film that takes flight in some highly unusual ways.

    Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter

    Pascale Ferran

    Pascale Ferran


    I feel two contradictory things: on the one side, with age I don't know what I could do other than writing or making films... But on the other hand, every time I come back, I push myself a bit harder and what I want to get is more difficult to achieve.

    After graduating from IDHEC (former FEMIS) where she pursued cinema studies from 1980 to 1983, Pascale Ferran worked as an assistant in television and as a co-writer for Pierre Trividic, Arnaud Desplechin, Jean-Pierre Limosin and Philippe Venault.

    She directed six short films from 1979 to 1990, notably THE KISS, which received awards in several international festivals. She directed her first feature film COMING TO TERMS WITH THE DEAD in 1993. The film, won the Caméra d’Or at Cannes Film Festival. Her second feature, THE AGE OF POSSIBILITIES (1996) received the FIPRESCI award at Venice Film festival. In 1999, she directed the French dubbing of Stanley Kubrick’s EYES WIDE SHUT. Then she directed her first documentary, filming every single recording session of a jazz record, performed and composed by Sam Rivers and Tony Hymas: FOUR DAYS IN OCOEE. She then adapted D.H. Lawrence’s JOHN THOMAS AND LADY JANE (an earlier edition of the second LADY CHATTERLEY’S LOVER), which was developed into two versions, one for theatrical release, the other as a two part television miniseries broadcasted on ARTE. LADY CHATTERLEY, the theatrical version, selected at Berlinale Film Festival in 2007, won the Louis Delluc Prize and the main César awards (Best Film, Best Actress, Best Adaptation, Best Cinematography, Best Costume).

    Following the César awards, she created and chaired Le Club des 13, a think tank of 13 French personalities in cinema, composed of screenwriters, directors,producers, national distributors, sales distribution firms and movie theater owners. The group’s work resulted in a report titled ARTHOUSE FILMS ARE NO LONGER A CREATIVE BRIDGE, BUT A WEAK LINK, raising a red flag and taking stock of the challenges related to financing art house and avant-garde films.

    Afterwards, she went on to write the screenplay for BIRD PEOPLE, with Guillaume Bréaud, and as of the summer of 2011, has dedicated her time to preparing and directing the film which premiered at the 2014 Cannes IFF.