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  • Director

    Michel Seydoux, Laurent Charbonnier

  • Run Time

    80 mins

  • Release Year


  • Country of Origin


  • Language

    No dialogue

  • Produced by: Michel Seydoux

  • Music: Cyrille Aufort

  • Screenplay by: Michel Seydoux, Michel Fessler

Director Bio

Michel Seydoux, Laurent Charbonnier

P&I - Director Bio

A recognised specialist in animal films for more than 30 years, Laurent Charbonnier has obtained numerous prizes at various French and international film festivals. Michel Seydoux is the founder of Caméra One. He is currently the chairman of Gaumont and a Member of the executive board at Pathé.


Heart of Oak (Le Chêne)


EIFF is pleased to welcome Michel Seydoux to Edinburgh this Summer to present Heart of Oak and meet audiences in a post-screening Q&A.

Suitable for all ages, this wordless nature documentary showcases the spectacular forest ecosystem supported by a majestic, 210-year-old French oak tree. Dispensing with voiceover, the film instead fuses innovative camerawork with environmental sounds and a vibrant score to immerse the viewer in diverse life stories from root to branch. Its cast of characters includes ants, acorn weevils, field mice, squirrels, Eurasian jays and tawny owls. The result is a mesmerising kaleidoscope of arboreal adventure, as entertaining as it is educational. [U] Manish Agarwal

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