Gran Paradiso Film Festival

From July 23 to 28, 2018 in Cogne and August in the Grand-Paradis valleys


Kurt Mayer
Austria I 2013 I 51’

Thursday 27 August 9 p.m. (first screening) in all venues
Re-screening Friday 28 August 10 a.m. Maison de la Grivola, Cogne

Director Kurt Mayer will be present at Maison de la Grivola in Cogne.

In a sparrow life around the world Within an annual circle and through spectacular pictures Kurt Mayer follows the life of sparrows from city to city across the globe. The complex co-production of ORF - UNIVERSE with ARTE, NDR, BMUKK and Kurt Mayer film leads from Cairo to New York to Beijing, from Moscow, to Vienna and Paris. The young sparrow girl in Cairo, who is looking for a partner for the first time, the sparrows child in New York, which leaves its nest for the first time, all the sparrows in Beijing who take high risk being at the bird market, just because they are looking for food and company, or the little shivering sparrow in wintry Moscow, get lost on its foraging in a kiosk, sparrows in the Prater spring in the Vienna Krieau or in the summer Paris - in six episodes from different cities around the world - says director Kurt Mayer touching stories of sparrows and people. Although we the House Sparrows accompanies human beings for more than 10,000 years, they are still wild animals. Patience and artifice are required if one wants to come near them. Shooting sparrows at eye level means to alter the camera site and life's main focus in height of 3 to 8 meters above the ground. Not so easy in cities such as Moscow or New York. In Paris it even resulted in 60 meters height on the towers of Notre Dame, the largest and most beautiful 'sparrow‘ house in the world.

Watch the trailer!