Subtitles: EN, PL, ES, DE, IT
- Olivier Père, Director of ARTE France Cinéma -
In an idyllic Paris filled with the light of Renato Berta and the music of Bertrand Burgalat, Elise Girard stages the platonic love story between a young local and a reclusive old bookseller with a troubled past. Against the tide of fashion, the director manages to create an atmosphere of mystery and tenderness around the two characters who are interpreted with great nuance by Lolita Chammah and Jean Sorel (Belle de jour, Sandra), returning to the screen after a long eclipse.
Mavie is 27 years old. She is clumsy, beautiful and full of doubts, looking for her path in life. George is 76 years old. He is a lonely and cynic librarian who doesn’t expect a thing from life. The two of them, together, form an unconventional friendship, where love takes on many forms, and changes their parallel divergent ways. It’s not just love that appears out of the blue for the two protagonists, but also some quite literal strange birds.
- Berlinale Forum 2017 - Official Selection
- Starring: Lolita Chammah, Jean Sorel, Virginie Ledoyen
- Production: KinoElektron, Reborn Production, Mikino
- Distribution: Shellac
- International Sales: MPM Premium
- Cineuropa -
Strange Birds is a charming film in a very French sense, but without the pretentiousness.
Elise Girard has been passionate about cinema since she was a child, and she took acting classes while studying at the Sorbonne. She can be seen in short scenes in LES PATRIOTES by Eric Rochant, MÉTISSE by Mathieu Kassovitz and VAN GOGH by Maurice Pialat. But it was her meeting with the founders of the Action cinemas in Paris, Jean-Max Causse and Jean-Marie Rodon, that reinforced her taste for a certain cinephilia and led her to write and direct two documentary films: SEULS SONT LES INDOMPTÉS - L'AVENTURE DES CINÉMAS ACTION in 2003 and ROGER DIAMANTIS OU LA VRAIE VIE in 2005, dedicated to the famous director of the art house cinema, the Saint-André-des-Arts in Paris. BELLEVILLE TOKYO, her first feature-length fiction film was released in June 2011 with Valérie Donzelli and Jérémie Elkaïm in the main roles. DRÔLES D'OISEAUX is her second feature film and stars Lolita Chammah, Jean Sorel, Virginie Ledoyen and Pascal Cervo. It was selected for the first time at the Berlin Film Festival.
For me, a film never depicts reality. Reality doesn't interest me at all in cinema, I experience it on a daily basis, that's enough for me. Cinema should take me elsewhere.