Year2023 Duration5 min. Projection formatDCP ColourColour LanguageFrench DirectorMatthew Wolkow SoundAlex Lane MusicPhilippe Battikha, Étienne Lebel, Matthew Wolkow FestivalsRencontres internationals du documentaire (RIDM) 2023, Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival 2023

Spanish premiere


“It is a bird in the air, a bird that alights (...) The deep mystery, the promise of life (...) It is nothing” (António Carlos Jobim / Georges Moustaki). Serious and yet light at the same time, this film plays with words; it is a deliberative game and a puzzle.

Conceived as a sort of improvised musical prelude, tentative and free, Procès verbal focuses on a blue jay nest and its assembly of vulnerable, impetuous babies, which organises their life and their every movement from birth: Top of the agenda. Flight proposal. Exclamation marks. 

Using the filmed image, sound experimentation and graphic arts, Matthew Wolkow, a young filmmaker from Quebec, delicately approaches the bird-world with wonder. Attempting to preserve the mystery all this evokes, he experiments with the expressive and evocative potential of the shapes. Can words be separated from images? What’s more, can they still slot together? Can words become images and images words? 

In its brief five minutes, Wolkow alludes to birdsong, the spoken word, the fascinating, tireless jargon of ornithology that, when listened to and observed in full daylight, takes the shape of a beautiful, lightweight visual and sound collage. 

Anna Brufau

Promoted by
Gobierno de Navarra
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Con la financiación del Gobierno de España. Instituto de la Cinematografía y las Artes Audiovisuales Acción Cultural Española Plan de Recuperación, Transformación y Resiliencia Financiado por la Unión Europea. NexGenerationEU

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