#WatchNow: French Films for Bastille Day

In honor of Bastille Day, check out these staff picks featuring a collection of French films from past Festivals now available for streaming.

Antarctica: Ice and the Sky

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Drilling down into the Antarctic ice fields in the 1950s, Claude Lorius brought about a sweeping change in our vision of the world when he discovered the effects of climate change. At 82, he returns there one last time, looking back on six decades of research and adventure to tell a much larger story: the history of the Earth’s climate, and the fraught future that awaits us. Luc Jacquet (March of the Penguins) captures his journey in all its grandeur, bringing both the frozen majesty of the South Pole and the human tenacity of Lorius himself to the big screen.

Directed by Luc Jacquet and produced by Richard Grandpierre and Frédéric Doniguian.

 

 

Seasons

Winner of the 2017 Polly Krakora Award for Artistry in Film

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After traveling the world alongside migrating birds (Winged Migration) and diving the oceans with whales and manta rays (Oceans), Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud return to more familiar ground: the lush green forests and megafauna that emerged across Europe following the last Ice Age. Winter had gone on for 80,000 years when—in a relatively short period of time—the ice retreated, the landscape metamorphosed, the cycle of seasons was established, and the beasts occupied their new kingdom. It was only later that man arrived to share this habitat, first tentatively as migratory hunter/gatherers, then making inroads in the forest as settled agriculturalists, and later more dramatically via industry and warfare. With its exceptional footage of animals in the wild, Seasons is the awe-inspiring and thought-provoking tale of the long and tumultuous shared history that inextricably binds humankind with the natural world.

Directed by Jacques Perrin & Jacques Cluzaud.

 

 

The Secrets Held in the Ice

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In 1956, Claude Lorius takes a voyage to Antarctica, where the beauty and mystery of the ice inspires him to become one of the world’s great glaciologists. Hand-drawn animation makes his scientific exploits and vital discoveries come to life onscreen.

Directed by Loïc Fontimpe.

 

 

Paris: The Luminous Years

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In the early decades of the 20th century, a storm of modernism swept through the art worlds of the West, uprooting centuries of tradition in the visual arts, music, literature, dance, theater and beyond. The epicenter of this storm was Paris, France. The film looks at the city from a new and fresh perspective – the importance of a particular place in artistic creation – and tells the story of Paris as magnet: the catalyst and the transforming force that attracted the finest talents of the era, molding the lives and work of two remarkable generations. 

Written, directed and produced by Perry Miller Adato.

March of the Penguins

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Emperor penguins overcome formidable obstacles to return to their breeding grounds for mating season in this Oscar-winning film by Luc Jacquet. It tells the story of one year in the life of a flock – focusing on one couple in particular – as they trek across the Antarctic on a journey that invokes almost every major life experience: from birth to death, from dating to mating, from comedy to tragedy, and from love to fighting for survival.

Written and directed by Luc Jacquet. Produced by Yves Darondea, Christophe Lioud and Emmanuel Priou. 2006 Oscar Winner for Best Documentary Film.

 

Want to watch more Festival films? Explore our new online film portal: dceff.org/watchnow

 

Photo Credit: c.Warner Br/Everett/REX (533615u)
MARCH OF THE PENGUINS, 2005

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