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World Cinema

The Fifth Season

(La Cinquième Saison)

Year 2012
Runtime 93 mins
Language French, Flemish
Subtitles French & Flemish with English Subtitles
Albertan Premiere

What do you do when old ways fail? Set in a small Belgian farming community, The Fifth Season hinges on townsfolk preparing for the annual spring festival. After song and dance, the evening draws to a close with the burning of Christmas trees and the ritualistic banishment of Old Man Winter for his crimes. But something goes wrong, the Solstice bonfire won’t alight and Spring doesn’t arrive. Cows stop producing milk, chickens can’t lay eggs, and slowly, the community starts to fall apart.

With a tip of the hat to Robin Hardy’s original version of The Wicker Man, The Fifth Season evolves from a charming rural idyll to a claustrophobic, post-apocalyptic dystopia. As the season of not-winter and not-spring drags on, it becomes only a matter of time before something even more desperate happens.

Awards
Arca CinemaGiovani Award (Best Film of Venezia 69) Venice Film Festival 2012
Festivals
Toronto International Film Festival 2012, Rotterdam International Film Festival 2013, Palm Springs International Film Festival 2013
Director
Peter Brosens, Jessica Woodworth
Producer
Philippe Avril, Peter Brosens, Sébastien Delloye , Diana Elbaum, J.B. Macrander, Joop van Wijk, Jessica Woodworth
Screenwriter
Peter Brosens, Jessica Woodworth
Cinematographer
Hans Bruch Jr.
Editor
Jessica WOODWORTH
Music
Michel SCHOPPING
Cast
Aurélia Poirier, Django Schrevens, Sam Louwyck, Gil Vancompernolle