In a period of unprecedented climatic changes, this feature film (also a 3-episode serial), focuses on a violently destructive force yet essential to life on earth: the tropical storm. At the leading edge of science and at the boundaries of wilderness, this documentary goes well beyond the media hype by uncovering the mechanisms of these powerful storms and the way they shape planetary life. For the first time, the devastating effects of the storms are entirely considered from the wilderness’ point of view.
90' - Couleur - Dolby SR
Romane Bohringer - Voix over
Climax Films - Olivier Rausin
Saint-Thomas Productions - Bertrand Loyer
Les Fiches du Cinéma
This impressive documentary perfectly illustrates Victor Hugo's words about storms: "the lung of the infinite that blows.”.
Le Dauphiné Libéré
The film shows how men wait for it, endure it, escape, or not... "Get up! Desired storms ! The wind is rising, we must try to live ..."
Neither pure documentary nor pure fiction, this "cinematic documentary ", as it is presented, is above all, an immersive experience.
This documentary, with breathtaking images, seduces by its ambition and its playful dimension.
Born in the Alps region of Haute Savoie, Cyril Barbançon spent his youth face to face with snow, immersed in a rich, rough nature. Either directing or working as chief cameraman, he realised about ten wildlife documentaries for Arte, France 3, and Canal Plus, as well as videos and advertising as director of photography. Provided with great passion and technical mastery in the service of art, he embarked in the development of several large-scale projects, such as “Soulcam”, a new tool for aerial recording that is the first radio-controlled dirigible.
In 2009, the meeting with Alain Derobe, the pioneer of stereoscopy in France, led his career in a new direction, launching him into the adventure of 3D recording. “Ouragan” carried him across the world for four years of three-dimensional filming at the heart of storms.
Trained as a hydrogeologist, Andy Byatt is an award-winning director who spent 18 years at the BBC Natural History Unit, where he directed serials such as The Blue Planet, episodes of Planet Earth and the international feature film, The Blue Planet. Since leaving the BBC to work solo, Andy Byatt spent 3 years on his boat sailing the seven seas. Thus, he became familiar with tropical storms and the regions affected by this phenomenon.
The Blue Planet – Co-director (feature length documentary, 90 minutes)
The Blue Planet (serials) – Directs three episodes (8 x 50 minutes)
Planet Earth – Directs one episode (11 x 50 minutes)
Monsters We Meet – Producer (3 x 50 minutes)
A trained biologist, Jacqueline Farmer has worked for the BBC's World Service. Simultaneuously, she was also writing for the French and British press, and she managed some poetry collections. In 2002, she joined Saint Thomas productions, where she realised and produced natural history documentaries, and several great projects on environmental issues and challenges.
Her films have been aired in more than 120 countries, on media such as the National Geographic or Discovery Channels. “Ouragan” is her first feature film, and she also produced a TV series related to it.