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BLACK & WHITE FELINES
Documentary between shadow and light
A BLACK & WHITE FILM ON THE QUEST FOR THE LION
FREE AND WILD
WITH PHOTOGRAPHER LAURENT BAHEUX
More than 10 selections and the Hérisson d'Or prize at the France Nature Environnement international festival
It was on the occasion of World Endangered Species Day on May 11, 2021 and as part of Africa Month that the Ushuaïa TV channel broadcast its event documentary FÉLINS NOIR SUR BLANC. Co-produced with the company Bonne Pioche Télévision, this new film follows the strong and contrasting artistic line of the Poitevin photographer, Laurent Baheux, who embodies his own character. We thus share for 52 minutes in black & white, Laurent's daily life in the heart of the Kenyan savannah and alongside the large fauna of the black continent, free and wild in its environment.
The lion is the common thread of the film because it is also the artist's favorite animal. "The lion is the animal that fascinates me the most because it perfectly illustrates the mixture of strength and fragility." he explains. And around the king of animals parade the scenes and portraits of the other species populating its ecosystem, such as the discreet leopard and the lively cheetah which play precious supporting roles.
SHAKE UP THE CODES TO AVOID EMOTION
The animal sequences of FÉLINS NOIR SUR BLANC are shot with finesse and sensitivity by the director, Mathieu Le Lay. Mathieu shakes up the codes of animal documentary with a monochrome aesthetic approach that takes precedence over the naturalist vision. A striking encounter... a revealing light... a graphic composition... each scene magnifies a subject, asks a question, tells a story, arouses an emotion.
The photographs taken by Laurent accompany the images shot by Mathieu, thus creating an original universe punctuated with intimacy, tenderness and poetry. FÉLINS NOIR SUR BLANC transforms the animal documentary into a televised fable which opens in the preamble with a quote dear to the photographer:
"No cage or enclosure,
No circus or zoo,
Only free, in the wild,
Captivity is a torture,
For animals, as for men."
BLACK & WHITE FELINES
A film between shadow and light
with photographer Laurent Baheux
Author-director: Mathieu Le Lay
With the participation of Morris Nihiwa Mwania, driver-guide
Co-produced by Bonne Pioche Television, Safari de Ville and Ushuaïa TV
First broadcast on Ushuaïa TV: Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 8:45 p.m.
First broadcast on TF1: January 15, 2022 at 10:35 a.m.
Wildlife Conservation Film Festival New York (US) - 13/10 > 23/10/2022
Parnu Film Festival | Pärnu International Documentary Film Festival (EST) - 27/06 > 3/07/2022
Wildlife Vasaa (FIN) - 28/09 > 2/10/2022
Adventure Jura meetings (FR) - 17/03 > 20/03/2022
"Quais du Départ" Festival (FR) - 3/03 > 6/03/2022
The Grand Bivouac in Albertville (FR) - 18/10 > 1/11/2021
Gran Paradisio Festival (IT) - 26/07 > 13/08/2021
International Nature Festival Namur (BE) - 15/10 > 24/10/2021
Nature and Environment Film Festival (FR) 2021 - Hérisson d'or Award
International Festival. of Film and Adventure Book of La Rochelle (FR) - 15/11 > 21/11/2021
Montier-en-Der Photo Festival (FR) - 18/11 > 21/11/2021
Ménigoute International Ornithological Film Festival (FR) - 27/10 > 1/11/2021
What A Trip Festival Montpellier (FR) - 20/09 > 26/09/2021
Terre Sauvage Festival (FR) - 2/07 > 4/07/2021
TEASER (1 min 50)
LION (3 min 07)
CHEETAH (3 min 24)
LEOPARD (3 min 22)