“Le Chêne”: a wonderful poem about nature without words

As part of the Biodiversity Month in the Val-de-Loire Center Region, the Regional Biodiversity Agency sold out on May 17, 2022 in the evening in the Pathé-Loire in Orleans with a special session on the film Oak and its inhabitants In the presence of director Laurent Charbonnier.

By Sophie Deschamps

Laurent Charbonnier, director of Le Chêne et ses At Pathé Loire on May 17, 2022 in Orleans. Sophie Deschamps pictures

The screening of the film received warm applause Oak and its inhabitants By Laurent Charbonnier and Michel Seydoux on Tuesday evening in the Pathé Loire in Orleans. They said a lot about the excitement generated by this feature-length film, which required a year and a half of work. This film, which begins with an impressive storm scene, shows the life of the magnificent Solognot oak, in all seasons, as well as the animals that live indoors, under, and around. Laurent Charbonnier has a long career in wildlife movies behind him. We especially owe him the movie Chambord in 2019 and wild animals in 2007. So he was excitedly as he answered many questions from the audience, young and old alike: “ It’s really exciting to see how the audience felt about the movie, if we failed or not and if everything worked out as we imagined it to be. »

Indeed, the bias in this film was precarious due to the lack of voiceover but it must be recognized that the animals, almost all depicted in their natural habitat, are wonderful actors: In fact, Michel Seydoux didn’t want a documentary about animals but a real animal movie with story, sequences, rhythm, quieter moments and other emotionally charged moments, especially the chase scene where one wonders whether or not the goose is going to eat the jay! »

In addition to domestic animals, squirrel, badger, deer, wild boar, field mouse, jay, barn owl and their young in spring, this film introduces us to a very small insect measuring 5 mm in length. Most often they are visible on the acorns, where they lay their eggs!

No sign of human activity

althoug, oak It’s not a strict nature conservation movie, but it has the peculiarity of not having any trace of human activity. A choice was adopted along the way: ” In the scenario we imagined a rusty hunting cartridge on the ground and a mini-bike going down all-terrain motorcycle trails in a pit of mud. But in the end, it was all erased during editing. We preferred to dazzle the public because beauty, in our opinion, facilitates the protection of nature. » It is also the basic idea that nature knows very well how to manage on its own and that human intervention is often disruptive.

Anyway, what is certain is that all the people who have seen this movie will now look at an oak tree differently, think about all the life it generates and protect, and will probably hesitate before drawing the saw!

Because Laurent Charbonnier is also concerned about preserving our forests while trees suffer from climate change: ” There are many oak trees in many places that are not very healthy. We recently interviewed a forester in Cologne for another film. She told us that she believed that in fifteen years, there would be no more chestnut trees, but that they would all die. So, there are good reasons to be concerned and even more so this year with the drought already here. »

With a genuine desire to be a smuggler and nanny in the service of nature: “ All of my films over the past 45 years have aimed to learn what’s in the next pond, in the next fence and there in the next oak. »

The Regional Biodiversity Agency still has many surprises waiting until June 15, 2022 with the Naturally Outside event!

On the list: walking tours, excursions, visits, meetings, workshops and games for the whole family. The full program is here

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