- FRANCE / 2010 / French / Color / 35mm / 70 min
Director: Nicolas Philibert
Nénette, an orangutan from Borneo who lives at a botanical garden in Paris, has reached the grand old age of 40! The longest resident of the gardens, she is a popular attraction and spends everyday being stared at through glass by the hundreds of men, women, boys and girls who pass by her cage. Images of Nénette and the other orangutans overlap with the voices of the gardens’ staff and visitors, with the viewer ultimately experiencing 70 minutes under Nénette’s gaze. The latest work from Nicolas Philibert, whose In the Land of the Deaf screened at YIDFF ’93.