Wednesday, February 13, 2008

March of the Penguins

March of the Penguins (French: La Marche de l'empereur; literally The Emperor's March) is a commercially and critically successful French nature documentary film which won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. It was directed and co-written by Luc Jacquet, and co-produced by Bonne Pioche and the National Geographic Society.

The film depicts the yearly journeys of the emperor penguins of Antarctica. In autumn, all the penguins of breeding age (five years old and over) leave the ocean, their normal habitat, to walk inland to their ancestral breeding grounds. There, the penguins participate in a courtship that, if successful, results in the hatching of a chick. For the chick to survive, both parents must make multiple arduous journeys between the ocean and the breeding grounds over the ensuing months.

It took one year to shoot the movie, which was filmed around the French scientific base of Dumont d'Urville in Adélie Land

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