Hiver Nomade was one of the highlights of the Nara International Film Festival, which closed today. Watched it this afternoon. If you get a chance to see it, do so. Highly recommended.
Via the Seattle Times:
“Say the words “Swiss shepherding documentary,” and some moviegoers might head for another theater. But “Winter Nomads” couldn’t be more engaging or suspenseful as you find yourself asking: What will the sheep do next? What will the donkeys do? And the dogs? And, oh yes, the humans. Veteran shepherd Pascal and his young apprentice, Carole, lead 800 sheep across a semi- urbanized Swiss landscape. Among their obstacles: highways, railroads, suburbs that suddenly sprout up where pasture used to be, farmers who don’t want them on their land, town councils who don’t want them on their roads. Director Manuel von Stürler and his crew immerse you in the sounds and sights of life on the road. They also elicit warmly crotchety “performances” from sheep, dogs, donkeys and humans alike.
More on the Festival later, as it’s midnight my time, and that means bedtime.