DOK Leipzig 28 October – 3 November 2019
62nd International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film
DOK Leipzig Film Festival

Bird Island

Bird Island

After a long illness and isolation Antonin takes up work in a bird sanctuary. He is still fighting with fatigue, a consequence of his illness. The new colleagues patiently give him time to arrive. In this small cosmos, Antonin gets as much protection as the patients. Some of the wild birds are delivered with serious injuries, some are in shock. They need the absolute dedication of the veterinarian and the nurse – and get it. None of them are unfazed by the loud roaring of the nearby airport.

Antonin reports about the station as an off screen narrator in diary-like entries. In literary language he explains work processes and describes the fates of the swans, eagle owls or crows. The interactions within the team and the treatment of the animals are also shown, in a minimalist way. The film oscillates between stylised artificiality and documentary observation. The warm-hearted story of this wondrous place gently evolves into a fable about rescuing animals – and humans – in need.

Annina Wettstein

Awarded with the Healthy Workplaces Fim Award.


Original Title: L’île aux oiseaux Country: Switzerland Year: 2019 Language: French Subtitle: English Runtime: 60 min. Format: DCP Color: Colour Director: Maya Kosa, Sergio Da Costa Producer: Joëlle Bertossa, Flavia Zanon Cinematographer: Sergio Da Costa Editor: Gabriel Gonzalez, Maya Kosa, Sergio Da Costa Sound: Xavier Lavorel Script: Maya Kosa, Sergio Da Costa

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