Bird Island preceded by Sound Garden

  • Art of the Real
  • Sérgio da Costa
  • Maya Kosa

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Set in a bird sanctuary outside Geneva, Sérgio da Costa and Maya Kosa’s film slyly blends documentary and fictional elements in its examination of a small, delicate ecosystem where humans are as in need of care as their avian charges. Closely observing the specialists’ routines—which involve nurturing and caring for the birds, and raising the mice on which some of them will feed—the film takes on the solemnity of Bresson, with its deadpan voiceover and stately organ music. By turns dryly comic and quietly contemplative, Bird Island locates both profound comfort and sorrow in these interspecies interactions, as the human caretakers find satisfaction in their work and resign themselves to their unrequited affection for their animal companions.

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Director

Sérgio da Costa

Director

Maya Kosa

Program Features

30m
Sound Garden

Jeamin Cha, 2019, South Korea Korean with English subtitles

In this meditation on ecology, commodification, and mental health management under late capitalism, scenes of farm-grown trees being transported to a new life in the marketplace are interspersed with interviews with female South Korean mental health counselors.

1h 2m
Bird Island

Sérgio da Costa & Maya Kosa, 2019, Switzerland, French with English subtitles

Set in a bird sanctuary outside Geneva, Sérgio da Costa and Maya Kosa’s film slyly blends documentary and fictional elements in its examination of a small, delicate ecosystem where humans are as in need of care as their avian charges. Closely observing the specialists’ routines—which involve nurturing and caring for the birds, and raising the mice on which some of them will feed—the film takes on the solemnity of Bresson, with its deadpan voiceover and stately organ music. By turns dryly comic and quietly contemplative, Bird Island locates both profound comfort and sorrow in these interspecies interactions, as the human caretakers find satisfaction in their work and resign themselves to their unrequited affection for their animal companions.

Bonus Content

2m
Art of the Real Trailer
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1m
MUBI: Hand-Picked Cinema
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