Official film description...
With the end of the last ice age around 15.000 years ago, the seasons returned to Europe. The persistent winter did not last any longer. Spring, summer and autumn reoccured and extensive forests spread over the continent – inhabiting lots of different animal and plant species. “Seasons” shows us with fascinating pictures, how nature is permanently changing under human influece. The beauty and harmony of the pristine wilderness, which is fading under the impact of humans, is brought to us from the perspective of fauna and flora. Animals and Plants need to adapt to the ever changing conditions, native species as wild horses, wolfs and bears are supressed, but nature always finds a way to spread in a new environment.
“Seasons” is a poetic chronicle of our environment an a anthem to the mysteries of nature. From the fox den deep in the forest to the ever-growing settlements of men, Seasons shows us the magic as well as the striking diversity of life and raises hope for a peaceful coexistence of all beeings on this planet.
After “Oceans” and “Winged Migration”, Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzard make an expedition through europe and millenia. Unique and impressing pictures of our continent and its inhabitants have been produced, which fascinate the spectators and will not let the stunning beauty be forgotten easily.
Notes on the film...
The film works mainly with its images and shows the animals of the forest very close and breathtaking, which leads to an emotional identification. The film is distinguished by the variety of mammals and birds shown. At the same time it awakens appreciation for the beauty of the wilderness and demonstrates our influence thereupon.
“Seasons” is suitable for children!
Rating from our film jury...
Selected for the Films for the Earth Festival 2016.
“Seasons“ creates through excellent quality of documentation a strong relation to ones everyday life and livelihood.It is fun to watch this fluid film, which is mentally and above all sensually very stimulating.
“Seasons“ touches emotionally. This effect is only slightly transferred into a concrete action. However, the film succeeds to awake respect and appreciation of the natural variety in a curious and playful way.
From a cinematic point of view “Seasons“ is magnificent and awaits with extraordinary pictures, never filmed scenes, fantastic editing and a very remarkable camera. The film equals a master piece on its own and is highlighted by good music.
“Visionary camera work immerses audiences in the world of European forest animals, making sure we know how humans changed — and destroyed — the idyllic, if occasionally vicious, circle of life.” – Common Sense Media
“Beasts of all varieties and sizes scamper and slink, gallop and play, fight and reproduce for the movie’s crew of sharpshooting cinematographers. The images are gobsmackingly gorgeous, the animals so close we can see the ripple of muscle in a wild horse’s flank.” – The New York Times
Technical information and screening rights...
Director: Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud
Production: France 2 Cinéma, Galatée Films, Pathé, Pandora Film
Music: Bruno Coulais
Country: France, Germany
Duration: 97 Minutes
Languages (Audio): German, French, English
Age restriction: 0
Screening Rights Switzerland: JMHSA
Screening Rights Germany: Universum Film