Producer Profile: Bonne Pioche (France)

Bonne Pioche
April 1, 2007

Bonne Pioche


Note this entry as The Return of the Penguins. While Bonne Pioche’s (with National Geographic Feature Film and Warner Independent Pictures) March of the Penguins strolled out to about US$80 million at box office in 2005, their trek continued well into 2006, with tv and dvd appearances, keeping the franchise top-of-mind for a significant number of readers. Observes one, the film is ‘A great lesson in how to turn a natural phenomenon into a dramatic narrative. [This film] moves the natural history documentary genre on to a new height.’

In fact, the film has become so ingrained in the collective zeitgeist of international viewers that Bob Saget was able to parody it to some acclaim in a direct-to-dvd feature, Farce of the Penguins. Perhaps the original filmmakers might agree that they lost out on a prime opportunity for humor in Penguins, given that they followed the film with the mockumentary Dans la peau de Jacques Chirac (roughly, In the Skin of Jacques Chirac) in 2006.

Recent titles: Dans la peau de Jacques Chirac, March of the Penguins

Employees: 15 in Paris, 3 in New York

Hours this year: 30-plus

Upcoming includes: The Manias of Fellini, Reverse Exploration (C4)

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.