The Bear Chase

© Trentini
7 minutes / Colour / 2009
Directed by
Michele Trentini

Anthropologist Giovanni Kezich

Country of production Italy

Series Carnival King of Europe

In the Catalan-speaking southern France, a proper “Bear Chase”, of the kind that was once popular throughout Europe, has been revived in a carnival context.

This film is part of Carnival King of Europe DVD 8 - STRAW MEN AND HUMAN SACRIFICE. The climax of the masquerade, which marks a turning point in social time, is the staging of a human sacrifice by the burning of a ritual dummy.

Films included in DVD 8: The trial, sentence and execution of Johnny Woodstock (14:30 minutes), The Passion and Death of the Carlisèp (19 minutes), The Short Happy Life of the Poklad (26:30 minutes), The Bear Chase (7 minutes), The Beautiful White Masks of Rèsije (15 minutes).

Language and subtitles No Dialogue

Region Western Europe

Country France

Keywords Festivals / Carnival Folklore