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Documentary Takes Flight

Winged Migration (Le Peuple Migrateur) takes flight on 5 September 2003

For eighty million years, birds have ruled the skies, seas and earth. Each spring, they fly vast distances. Each fall, they fly back on the same route. This film is the result of four years following their amazing odyssey, in the northern hemisphere and then the south, species by species, flying over seas and continents. Jacques Perrin (from Winged Migration)An Academy Award nominee for Best Documentary, Winged Migration, explores the mystery of birds in flight. Five crews of more than 450 people, including 17 pilots and 14 cinematographers, were required to follow a variety of bird migrations through 40 countries and across all seven continents. The film soars over landscapes ranging from the Eiffel Tower and Monument Valley to the remote reaches of the Arctic and the Amazon. All manner of man-made machines were employed, including planes, gliders, helicopters and balloons. Numerous innovative techniques and ingeniously designed cameras were used, allowing the filmmakers to fly alongside, above, below and in front of their subjects. The result is a film of staggering beauty that opens our eyes to the ineffable wonders of the natural world.Long one of France`s most respected producers (Academy Award winners Z and Black and White in Colour) and actors (Z, Cinema Paradiso, The Young Girls of Rochefort, Donkey Skin and The Brotherhood of the Wolf) Jacques Perrin has more recently had a highly successful career creating films about nature, including Le Peuple Singe (monkeys), Microcosmos (insects) and exotic locales (Himalaya). Now with Winged Migration Perrin takes to the skies for his greatest challenge yet.Winged Migration is a marvel, says Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times, and if that seems like a gee-whiz word, that`s because this film has a lot to be gee-whiz about.

Pete Travers of Rolling Stone writes: Director Jacques Perrin gets so close to the intimate beauty of flight, you feel privileged. The result is a movie miracle; it soars.

Winged Migration will screen at the Cambridge Film Festival in July prior to a September 5th opening through Columbia TriStar. Released by Columbia TriStar - Running Time: 89 mins; Certificate: G For further press information: Liz Miller / Jo Falcon jo@mcdonaldrutter.com or liz@mcdonaldrutter.com or see http://www.mcdonaldrutter.com Photos available on PA Picselect: http://www.papicselect.com Website: http://www.sonypictures.com/intl/uk/movies/wingedmigration/home.html

4th July 2014