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Winged Migration ()

Le peuple migrateur (original title)
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Documentary on the migratory patterns of birds, shot over the course of three years on all seven continents.

Awards:
  • Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 5 wins & 15 nominations.
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Cast

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Philippe Labro ...
Narrator (English version)
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Directed by

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Jacques Perrin
Jacques Cluzaud ... (co-director)
Michel Debats ... (co-director)

Written by

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Jean Dorst ... (collaboration)
 
Stéphane Durand ... (writer)
 
Guy Jarry ... (collaboration)
 
Valentine Marvel ... (idea) (as Valentine Perrin)
 
Jacques Perrin ... (writer)
 
Francis Roux ... (collaboration)

Produced by

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Christophe Barratier ... line producer
Reinhard Brundig ... associate producer
Jean de Trégomain ... executive producer
Danièle Delorme ... associate producer
Jean-Marc Henchoz ... associate producer
Jean Labadie ... associate producer
José María Morales ... associate producer
Andrea Occhipinti ... associate producer
Jacques Perrin ... producer
Yves Robert ... associate producer

Music by

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Bruno Coulais

Cinematography by

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Olli Barbé
Michel Benjamin
Sylvie Carcedo
Laurent Charbonnier
Luc Drion
Laurent Fleutot
Philippe Garguil
Dominique Gentil
Bernard Lutic
Thierry Machado
Stéphane Martin
Fabrice Moindrot
Ernst Sasse
Michel Terrasse
Thierry Thomas

Film Editing by

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Marie-Josèphe Yoyotte

Editorial Department

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Colette Beltran ... assistant editor
Pauline Casalis ... assistant editor
Bruno Patin ... color timer

Production Design by

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Régis Nicolino

Production Management

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Jean-Philippe Avenel ... assistant unit manager
Philippe Baisadouli ... production manager
Olli Barbé ... production manager
Brian Black ... unit manager
Claude Canaple ... production manager
Jean-Michel Deroche ... production manager
Claire Dornoy ... assistant production manager
Philippe Gautier ... production manager
Nicolas Mauvernay ... assistant production manager
Boucif Mohammedi ... assistant unit manager
Johann Mousseau ... unit production manager
Thomas Pflimlin ... unit manager
Vincent Steiger ... production manager
Charles Stenhouse ... production manager
Pierre Vaysse ... assistant unit manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Jérémie Apperry ... assistant director
Elodie Baticle ... assistant director
Emmanuelle Debats ... assistant director
Marie Miquel ... assistant director
Ursula Sigon ... assistant director
Hadrien Soulez Larivière ... assistant director
Frédéric Vignal ... assistant director

Sound Department

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Philippe Barbeau ... sound
Jean-Baptiste Benoit ... sound engineer
Michel Crivellaro ... sound editor
Paolo de Jesus ... sound engineer
Denis Guilhem ... sound
Gérard Lamps ... re-recording mixer
Laurent Lévy ... foley artist
Armelle Mahé ... assistant sound mixer
Gina Pignier ... sound editor
Laurent Quaglio ... supervising sound editor
Michel Trouillard ... sound editor

Special Effects by

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Nicolas David ... special effects

Visual Effects by

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Manfred Büttner ... visual effects producer
Erich Eder ... digital compositor
Hubert Fourneaux ... visual effects coordinator
Fabien Girodot ... visual effects supervisor
Martin Hardouin Duparc ... digital compositor
Robert Pinnow ... visual effects coordinator
Dina Saleem ... visual effects
Caterina Schiffers ... digital compositor: postproduction, TVT
Florian Schuck ... retouching
Benjamin Seide ... digital compositor
Max Stummer ... digital compositor

Camera and Electrical Department

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Jean-Paul Agostini ... first assistant camera
David Aïm ... first assistant camera
Sylvain Bardoux ... key grip
Pierre Bec ... camera operator
Pierre Berthier ... camera operator
Vincent Blasco ... key grip
Guillaume Brault ... second assistant camera
Catherine Briault ... first assistant camera
Maurice Bricler ... grip
Richard Brodet ... gaffer
Alexander Bugel ... key grip (as Alexandre Bügel)
Claire Caroff ... assistant camera
Eric Catelan ... steadicam operator
Tony Chapuis ... second assistant camera
Pierre Chevrin ... assistant camera
Isabelle Czajka ... assistant camera
Nicolas Deblonde ... second assistant camera
Dominique Delguste ... first assistant camera
Jean-Marie Delorme ... assistant camera
Alain Ducousset ... camera operator
Pascale Ferradini ... first assistant camera
Eric Fodera ... grip
Jean-Yves Freess ... key grip
Colin Houben ... first assistant camera
Maxime Héraud ... camera operator
Hervé Kern ... assistant camera
Cyril Lebre ... assistant camera
Sophie Leonetti ... assistant camera
Sergeï Lourié ... grip
Sylvain Maillard ... assistant camera
Benoît Nicoulin ... camera operator
Lee Ford Parker ... camera operator (as Lee Parker)
Christophe Perotin ... assistant camera
François Perrault-Alix ... key grip
Philippe Porte ... gaffer
Christophe Pottier ... camera operator
François Quillard ... first assistant camera
Edgar Raclot ... grip
Mathieu Simonet ... still photographer
Piotr Stadnicki ... first assistant camera (as Pierre Stadnicki)
Thierry Tronchet ... first assistant camera
Anna-Katia Vincent ... second assistant camera
Patrick Vobecourt ... gaffer
Yuan Zhang ... camera operator

Location Management

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Isabelle Kostic Crosley ... location manager

Music Department

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Jean-Philippe Audin ... cello
Jean-Paul Batailley ... percussion
Jean-Philippe Batailley ... percussion
Marc Chantereau ... percussion
Bruno Coulais ... musical director
Jean de Trégomain ... music direction
Didjaman ... musician: didgeridoo
Raoul Duflot-Vérez ... keyboards (as Raoul Duflot)
Françoise Gnéri ... alto
Christophe Grindel ... horn
Christophe Guiot ... violin
Joniece Jamison ... playback singer
Laurent Julia ... percussion
Paul Lavergne ... executive music producer
Maxime Lefevre ... music engineer
Alain Maneval ... playback singer
Bernard Paganotti ... bass
Elisabeth Pallas ... violin
Slim Pezin ... guitar
Renaud Pion ... flute
The Sofia Bass Choir ... vocals
The Bulgarka Junior Quartette ... vocals
The Lyliana Botcheva Choir ... vocals
Gabriel Yacoub ... lyricist: vocals

Transportation Department

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Philippe Lebreton ... driver: camera car

Other crew

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Peter Berthold ... scientific consultant
Romain Bianchi ... birds escort
Valentine Marvel ... idea (as Valentine Perrin)
Olivier Meunier-Colin ... production staff
Vincent Piant ... Assistant Unit Manager
Mathilde Renwick ... production staff
Jean-Michel Rivaud ... pilot
Eva Simonet ... press attache
Sally Steele ... publicist

Thanks

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Jean Dorst ... dedicatee
Bernard Lutic ... dedicatee

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Distributors

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Special Effects

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

This documentary follows several species of migratory birds over a four year filming period. These birds travel several hundreds if not thousands of miles toward the equator in the autumn, and make the return journey to their higher latitude summer homes in the spring, always taking the same route, using the natural compasses of the universe, the stars, to find their way. Some species, like the arctic tern, even fly from pole to pole. These long and often torturous treks are a matter of survival, to live in a hospitable climate and find sources of food. With the exception of migratory penguins, travel over oceans is especially difficult as the birds have little refuge unless there is something floating on the water, such as a ship, on which to land. Otherwise they must continue flying until they reach land. Some will not survive the migration due to predators, including man, illness or injury. Although the migrations themselves are done as a community, once the birds reach their respective summer and winter homes, they disperse into family units. And every continent is affected by the migration as every continent is home, at least part of year, to a species of migratory bird. Written by Huggo

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Also Known As
  • Nomaden der Lüfte (Germany)
  • Nomaden der Lüfte - Das Geheimnis der Zugvögel (Germany)
  • Nómadas del viento (Spain)
  • Il popolo migratore (Italy)
  • Winged Migration (World-wide, English title)
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Runtime
  • 98 min
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Box Office

Budget FRF160,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend France $2,402,605, 14 Dec 2001
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $20,217,080, 06 Nov 2003

Did You Know?

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Trivia Filmmakers exposed the eggs of some of the birds to the sounds of people and film cameras so that the birds would not be afraid of them later. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into A Very Long Engagement (2004). See more »
Soundtracks To Be By Your Side See more »
Quotes [first lines]
Narrator: The story of bird migration is the story of promise - a promise to return.
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