The Cultural Services of the French Embassy support the 23rd edition of the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital

Over 160 films were selected to provide different perspectives on a wide variety of environmental issues that our planet faces today. This year's edition of the Festival features cinematic works from 31 countries and 96 Washington, DC, U.S. and world premieres. 

DOCUMENTARY FILM SCREENINGS AT THE EMBASSY OF FRANCE

Please note that all films in this selection will begin at 7:00 p.m. and that a discussion will follow each screening. 

March 23
Thule Tuvalu (Switzerland, 2013, 98 minutes) 
Washington, D.C. premiere
Directed by Matthias von Gunten
Synopsis: When the ice melts in Thule, Tuvalu will drown in the ocean. With Thule’s glacial ice melting at record levels and Tuvalu’s landmass sinking below the rising sea, the inhabitants must respond or perish. This film portrays how the inhabitants are forced to abandon their traditional ways of life as they move toward an unknown future. 
 
Introduced by Inuuteq Holm Olsen, Minister Plenipotentiary for Greenland, Royal Danish Embassy. Free admission. Online reservations are required here
 
March 24
See No Evil (Netherlands, 2014, 70 minutes) 
U.S. premiere
Directed by Jos de Putter
Synopsis: Three retired apes: a film star, a scientist and a cripple look back at their lives and the intriguing relationship between humans and apes in this documentary.
 
Free admission. Online reservations are required here.
 
March 25
Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story (Canada, 2014, 75 minutes)
Washington, D.C. premiere
Directed by Grant Baldwin and Jen Rustemeyer 
Synopsis: Nearly 50 percent of food, worth billions of dollars, is discarded in North America each year. The film explores our systemic and ruinous obsession with expiration dates and perfect produce, ultimately revealing the devastating consequences of our habits across the globe. This documentary brings farmers, retailers, inspiring organizations, consumers and passionate experts to the table.  
 
Free admission. Online reservations are required here.
 

LUC JACQUET RETROSPECTIVE

March 20 | 6:30 p.m. | Carnegie Institution for Science
Ice & Sky (France, Work-in-Progress) 
Synopsis: Drilling down the Antarctic ice fields in the 1950s, French glaciologist Claude Lorius brought about a sweeping change in our vision of the world when he discovered the effects of climate change. Oscar-winning director Luc Jacquet presents clips from his new film about Lorius’ study of the glaciers, offering new, inspiring means for transforming man’s imprint on its environment. He will also show short films from his multi-media project of the same name. A cinematic multi-media experience in the footsteps of French glaciologist Claude Lorius.
 

Panel discussion with filmmaker Luc Jacquet and climate experts will follow screening. Free admission. Reservations required here.  
 
March 21 | 10:30 a.m.| Avalon Theatre
March of the Penguins (France/USA, 2005, 80 minutes)
2006 Oscar Winner for Best Documentary
Synopsis: Emperor penguins overcome formidable obstacles to return to their breeding grounds for mating season in this film. It tells the story of one year in the life of a flock - focusing on one couple in particular - as they trek across the Antarctic on a journey that invokes almost every major life experience: from birth to death, from dating to mating, from comedy to tragedy, and from love to fighting for survival. 
 
Introduction and discussion with Luc Jacquet follows screening. For ticket reservations, please click here.
 
March 21 | 1:00 p.m. | Avalon Theatre
Once Upon A Forest (France, 2013, 78 minutes)
Synopsis: Join Luc Jacquet and French botanist and ecologist Francis Hallé on a journey to the top of the tropical rainforest canopy, the world’s “green lung”. This film was shot in an untouched region of the Peruvian Amazon and in Gabon. Using animation and drawing on extensive research, the film leads viewers into the depths of the tropical jungle and into the heart of life on earth.
 
In French with English subtitles. Introduced by Ana Paula Tavares, Executive Vice President, Rainforest Alliance. Discussion with Luc Jacquet follows screening. For ticket reservations, please click here
 
March 22 | 12:00 p.m. | West End Cinema
The Fox And The Child (France, 2007, 92 minutes) 
Synopsis: A 10-year-old girl sees a fox up close on the way to school. He sits as she watches. Over the summer, while following the fox, the girl lives through many adventures and learns to appreciate the beauty of the natural world. This film is shot part nature documentary and part “fairy tale" masterpiece. 
 
Discussion with filmmaker Luc Jacquet follows screening. For ticket reservations, please click here.
 

SPOTLIGHT: FRENCH FILMS

March 20
Ice & Sky (France, Work-in-Progress)
Song of the Sea (France, 2014, 93 min.)
March 21
March of the Penguins (France/USA, 2005, 80 min.)
Once Upon A Forest (Il était une forêt) (France, 2013, 78 min.)
Sand Fishers (Hamou-Beya) (France/Mali, 2012, 72 min.)
March 22
The Fox and the Child (France, 2007, 92 min.)
March 24
Are Vah! (France, 2014, 75 min.)
The Stone River (Italy/France, 2013, 88 or 90 min.)
March 25
The Messenger (France/Canada, 2015, Work-in-Progress)
March 27
Monsoon (Canada/France, 2014, 106 min.)

Fore more information and ticket reservations, please visit the Environmental Film Festival's website

The film programming by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy is made possible through a grant by TV5Monde

Washington, DC Washington, DC USA

Announcing the 23rd edition of the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital

When
March 17 - March 29, 2015
Where
Washington, DC
Washington, DC USA

The Cultural Services of the French Embassy support the 23rd edition of the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital

Over 160 films were selected to provide different perspectives on a wide variety of environmental issues that our planet faces today. This year's edition of the Festival features cinematic works from 31 countries and 96 Washington, DC, U.S. and world premieres. 

DOCUMENTARY FILM SCREENINGS AT THE EMBASSY OF FRANCE

Please note that all films in this selection will begin at 7:00 p.m. and that a discussion will follow each screening. 

March 23
Thule Tuvalu (Switzerland, 2013, 98 minutes) 
Washington, D.C. premiere
Directed by Matthias von Gunten
Synopsis: When the ice melts in Thule, Tuvalu will drown in the ocean. With Thule’s glacial ice melting at record levels and Tuvalu’s landmass sinking below the rising sea, the inhabitants must respond or perish. This film portrays how the inhabitants are forced to abandon their traditional ways of life as they move toward an unknown future. 
 
Introduced by Inuuteq Holm Olsen, Minister Plenipotentiary for Greenland, Royal Danish Embassy. Free admission. Online reservations are required here
 
March 24
See No Evil (Netherlands, 2014, 70 minutes) 
U.S. premiere
Directed by Jos de Putter
Synopsis: Three retired apes: a film star, a scientist and a cripple look back at their lives and the intriguing relationship between humans and apes in this documentary.
 
Free admission. Online reservations are required here.
 
March 25
Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story (Canada, 2014, 75 minutes)
Washington, D.C. premiere
Directed by Grant Baldwin and Jen Rustemeyer 
Synopsis: Nearly 50 percent of food, worth billions of dollars, is discarded in North America each year. The film explores our systemic and ruinous obsession with expiration dates and perfect produce, ultimately revealing the devastating consequences of our habits across the globe. This documentary brings farmers, retailers, inspiring organizations, consumers and passionate experts to the table.  
 
Free admission. Online reservations are required here.
 

LUC JACQUET RETROSPECTIVE

March 20 | 6:30 p.m. | Carnegie Institution for Science
Ice & Sky (France, Work-in-Progress) 
Synopsis: Drilling down the Antarctic ice fields in the 1950s, French glaciologist Claude Lorius brought about a sweeping change in our vision of the world when he discovered the effects of climate change. Oscar-winning director Luc Jacquet presents clips from his new film about Lorius’ study of the glaciers, offering new, inspiring means for transforming man’s imprint on its environment. He will also show short films from his multi-media project of the same name. A cinematic multi-media experience in the footsteps of French glaciologist Claude Lorius.
 

Panel discussion with filmmaker Luc Jacquet and climate experts will follow screening. Free admission. Reservations required here.  
 
March 21 | 10:30 a.m.| Avalon Theatre
March of the Penguins (France/USA, 2005, 80 minutes)
2006 Oscar Winner for Best Documentary
Synopsis: Emperor penguins overcome formidable obstacles to return to their breeding grounds for mating season in this film. It tells the story of one year in the life of a flock - focusing on one couple in particular - as they trek across the Antarctic on a journey that invokes almost every major life experience: from birth to death, from dating to mating, from comedy to tragedy, and from love to fighting for survival. 
 
Introduction and discussion with Luc Jacquet follows screening. For ticket reservations, please click here.
 
March 21 | 1:00 p.m. | Avalon Theatre
Once Upon A Forest (France, 2013, 78 minutes)
Synopsis: Join Luc Jacquet and French botanist and ecologist Francis Hallé on a journey to the top of the tropical rainforest canopy, the world’s “green lung”. This film was shot in an untouched region of the Peruvian Amazon and in Gabon. Using animation and drawing on extensive research, the film leads viewers into the depths of the tropical jungle and into the heart of life on earth.
 
In French with English subtitles. Introduced by Ana Paula Tavares, Executive Vice President, Rainforest Alliance. Discussion with Luc Jacquet follows screening. For ticket reservations, please click here
 
March 22 | 12:00 p.m. | West End Cinema
The Fox And The Child (France, 2007, 92 minutes) 
Synopsis: A 10-year-old girl sees a fox up close on the way to school. He sits as she watches. Over the summer, while following the fox, the girl lives through many adventures and learns to appreciate the beauty of the natural world. This film is shot part nature documentary and part “fairy tale" masterpiece. 
 
Discussion with filmmaker Luc Jacquet follows screening. For ticket reservations, please click here.
 

SPOTLIGHT: FRENCH FILMS

March 20
Ice & Sky (France, Work-in-Progress)
Song of the Sea (France, 2014, 93 min.)
March 21
March of the Penguins (France/USA, 2005, 80 min.)
Once Upon A Forest (Il était une forêt) (France, 2013, 78 min.)
Sand Fishers (Hamou-Beya) (France/Mali, 2012, 72 min.)
March 22
The Fox and the Child (France, 2007, 92 min.)
March 24
Are Vah! (France, 2014, 75 min.)
The Stone River (Italy/France, 2013, 88 or 90 min.)
March 25
The Messenger (France/Canada, 2015, Work-in-Progress)
March 27
Monsoon (Canada/France, 2014, 106 min.)

 

Fore more information and ticket reservations, please visit the Environmental Film Festival's website

The film programming by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy is made possible through a grant by TV5Monde

 

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