Land of the Bears (English Title)
Studio: Les Films en vrac, Orange Studio, Paramount Pictures
Director: Guillaume Vincent
Screenwriter: Guillaume Vincent, Michel Fessler, Yves Paccalet
Starring: Marion Cotillard
Genre: Wildlife Documentary
Runtime: 87 minutes
MPAA Rating: France: Tous publics, US: n/a, UK: n/a
Filming Dates: November 2011 - October 2012
Filming Locations: Kamchatka (Russia)
Theatrical Release: France: 26 Feb 2014, US: n/a, UK: n/a
DVD Release: France: 1 Jul 2014, US: n/a, UK: n/a
The Kamchatka Peninsula. A land of legends. The ultimate wilderness on earth. Kingdom of the bears. A mother and her two cubs, a young Teenager and a big male are living their bear’s life in the most unbelievable settings, a craze of raw nature. The mother bear has one obsession only: to protect and nourish her cubs who, themselves, think only about exploring the world with the recklessness and naivety of youth. The young adolescent bear has to find his rank within the adult world, wandering in quest for a territory. The big male must constantly defend his supremacy and territory, with all his strength, struggle against the relegation and the aging that lurks behind. They cross paths or part away in the course of their adventures in the heart of nature before meeting again for a grand final, spectacular, when millions and millions of salmons are swimming upriver. Bears’ survival depends on them.
And, soon, they will go on their own way again. And the cubs will have to leave their mother. Unavoidably. So goes life on the Land of the Bears…
Marion Cotillard provides the voiceover for this wildlife documentary.
• first documentary shot in 3D
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I very much wanted to work with Marion and I know that she is very sensitive when it comes to ecological issues. Most of all I wanted to avoid all the clichés associated with voiceovers! Often they use a male voice in documentaries – and when it is a woman’s voice there’s always too much of a motherly aspect to it. Marion’s voice is both discreet and warm. It’s that balance that I wanted. She is capable of projecting emotion without overacting.
• Guillaume Vincent (director)
From Marion Cotillard
I watch many wildlife documentaries and I love when the voiceover blends in, when it’s as neutral as possible. I love when it is very simple. We agreed right away on the type of voiceover we wanted to hear. Then, as I was lending my voice to the film I was looking at these beautiful images, so very poignant and filled with emotion! This obviously influenced my voice and gives it a tone that is not monotone. But really, we wanted to keep it as simple as possible.
I had seen documentaries and reports about bears before but never a film like ‘Land of the Bears’. We really learn a lot because the documentary follows the bears for a year, when they wake up from hibernation until the next winter. What I love about this documentary is that beyond discovering this region and having the possibility to observe the bears so closely, we learn a lot about their lives and their cycle. It’s beautiful and at the same time very informative.
Awards & Nominations
= Win = NominationNone for this performance