Bird Island (2019)

  • Documentary
  • 60min

After a long period of isolation, Antonin, who suffers from chronic exhaustion, begins working at a bird rescue centre on Lake Geneva. Taking up an apprenticeship under the tutelage of a retiring supervisor, this young man gradually begins to reconnect with the world through the animals he cares for. The intimate and beautiful photography frames life inside the sanctuary like a nature diorama, with Antonin’s spare narration reflecting on days filled equally with routine tasks and small wonders. As he finds his way back into life, a world is revealed in which both injured birds and damaged souls can be healed.

Please be advised this film contains images of dead animals which some viewers might find distressing

Screens with: The People Who Feel [Audio] Ariana Martinez | 2019 | USA, UK | 4’

Featuring Henry Córdova, produced by Ariana Martinez with support from Gilded Audio, UnionDocs, and Falling Tree Productions

Available to book here. All films included in this package will become available for viewing on 12th September at midday.

Please note, this film is only available to view in the UK.


Maya Kosa


Sergio da Costa



Bonus Content

34 mins
Bird Island Director Q&A

Q&A with directors Maya Kosa & Sérgio Da Costa. Hosted by Laura Allsop.

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