The Animal Kingdom / Le Règne animal

Le Règne animal
The Animal Kingdom

Cork Premiere

Date & Time: Wednesday 6th at 8:30pm

Details: Thomas Cailley / France / 2023 / 128 mins

Starring: Romain Duris, Paul Kircher, Adèle Exarchopoulos


A mysterious malady is sweeping France, unlocking something at a genetic level that causes people to transform into hybrid creatures. The mutations are slow and unpredictable: one person might sprout feathers, developing wings, while another grows scales and slithers like a snake. Through it all, 16-year-old Émile and his father, François, are just trying to stay calm, which isn’t easy when something akin to a zombie apocalypse is affecting the country.

This riveting adventure explores themes of ecology, tolerance of diversity and how communities cope with massive, uncontrollable, natural disasters.


“Rippling with visual invention” Screen International

“A highly original sci-fi film that serves as an empathetic parable for real-life intolerance of physical and neurological otherness.” Little White Lies


Opening Film, Un Certain Regard, Cannes Film Festival, 2023
Nominated for 12 César Awards, 2024, including for Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor