Once Upon a Forest (Il Etait Une Foret)
  • Motorville
Little RoxieSat, May 31, 2014 8:30 PM Not Available
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Film Info
Film Type:Feature
Luc Jacquet | France | 2013 | 78 min
French with subtitles

West Coast Premiere

The director of the Oscar-winning March of the Penguins, Luc Jacquet, takes a spectacular journey with renowned French botanist and ecologist Francis Hallé to the very top of the tropical rainforest canopy, chronicling seven centuries in the life of this “green lung” of the world. This beautiful film was shot in an untouched region of the Peruvian Amazon and in Gabon. Including spectacular animation, and drawing on extensive research, Jacquet and Hallé lead viewers on an expedition into the depths of the tropical forest and into the very heart of life on earth.


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Co-presented by: Consulate General of France in San Francisco
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French scientist Luc Jacquet had obtained his master's from the Lyon University in animal biology, with an emphasis on ecology and animal behavior, when he first visited the Antarctic at the age of 24 to tag and to film the penguins. The experience shaped his goals, turning his interest away from the laboratory and toward the camera. He became a wildlife photographer and cinematographer and in 2000 he wrote out the screenplay that would become the long-awaited project, March of the Penguins. The film became a surprise hit when it was released in 2005, raking in a $77m gross in its North American release and becoming the most successful documentary of all time. The film went on to win an Oscar in 2006 for Best Documentary. Recent films include The Fox and the Child (2007) and Once Upon a Forest (2013).