Le Tigre de Tasmanie

The Tasmanian Tiger
A thylacine, also known as Tasmanian tiger, paces back and forth inside a zoo. The footage dates back to the 1930s. The last Tasmanian tiger passed away in 1936 – Benjamin. A glacier is gradually melting, there’s no stopping it. Everything is white. Fire follows ice, in the form of an erupting volcano. The forests buckle and collapse under the burden of the lava that spreads out on top of them. Nature exceeds the edges of the screen and reinvents itself. Keaton’s images take their bearings from Romantic-era painting and Symbolism. The sounds of the French musical collective Les Marquises, situated somewhere between neofolk and industrial, underscore the chance of the new inherent in the destruction: dark, sinister, driving, unique and fantastic. Can, must nature empower itself in order to pre-empt its own extinction?
Maike Mia Höhne
by Vergine Keaton France 2018 Without dialogue 14’ Colour


Director Vergine Keaton
Editing Vergine Keaton
Producer Ron Dyens
Animation Rosalie Loncin
Sound Mixing Lionel Guenoun, François Clos
Music Martin Duru Les Marquises, Jean-Sébastien Nouveau Les Marquises

World sales

Sacrebleu Productions

Produced by

Sacrebleu Productions

Vergine Keaton

Born in Lyon, France in 1981, she studied graphic design and film. Her first short animation Je criais contre la vie. Ou pour elle (2007) screened at countless festivals including Cannes as part of the ACID official selection. She followed it with Marzevan which was shown at Les Sommets du cinéma d’animation in Montreal, in Belo Horizonte, at Animanima and Riverside.

Filmography (short films)

2009 Je criais contre la vie. Ou pour elle 2015 Marzevan 2018 Le Tigre de Tasmanie (The Tasmanian Tiger)

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2018