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France, 2019

Original music : Graeme Thomson Production : Les Films du Bilboquet

Programmed by Jean-Marie Barbe

Ancient Greek, Silbo

French, English

The États Généraux film festival


No longer willing to pay for the debt, two Athenians decide to leave their city. Guided by mysterious crow calls, they reach a zone of passage from where they are spirited to an ancient forest: the realm of the birds. There they meet the Hoopoe, half-bird half- woman, who becomes their translator. The birds live by sharing their resources amid the magical forces of the forest. The encounter between humans, birds and forest will be illuminating for all.

Tënk's opinion

“Common Birds” lies in a cinematic area that’s impossible to classify, a documentary dimension that resists categorisation – on one side, an urban social downward spiral, crippled by debt and at the mercy of money, and on the other, a timeless, magical dimension, an ancestral forest where reality rubs shoulders with legend, where the characters are half-human, half-bird, and only communicate in a whistled language…

By playing the game suggested by Silvia Maglioni and Graeme Thomson, by agreeing to follow this aesthetic and political journey, “Common Birds” is an undeniably unforgettable experience that defies the traditional boundaries of cinematic narrative.

Jean-Marie Barbe
Producer, Editorial Coordinator of Tënk and Co-founder of the États Généraux du Film Documentaire de Lussas

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