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The Bird-Seller (orig. L’oiselier)

DCP / 5.1 / release 2023

Near Geneva airport, on the banks of the Rhône, there is a self-built aviary. Here JEAN and ELISA meet, an eighty-year-old illiterate man who has dedicated his life to saving exotic birds and a young filmmaker from Berlin. Mechanisms of narcissistic love are explored from the perspective of parent and child.

Jean loses his 200 parrot children from one day to the other. He is confronted with the truth about his bird hoarding (also called Noah syndrome). The national animal welfare agency accuses him of being a bad „father“. When the birds are forcibly seized in May 2019, the authorities find a state of neglect. Elisa tries to understand how Jean can love his birds and treat them so badly at the same time.

Produktion title: The Bird-Seller
(orig. L’oiselier)
Genre: Short documentary
Length: 25 minutes
Language: French
Aspect ratio: 16:9
Resolution: HD color
Producer: Looking for collaboration partners
Release: 2022

Starring: Jean Koëlle
Director: Elisa Gómez Alvarez
Director of Photography: Ivan Castineiras & Elisa Gómez Alvarez
Editor: Looking for collaboration partner
Sound: Noémie Guibal & Vuk Vukmanovic

Official selection (development 2021): Focus Script Cannes, Torino Short Film Market