1985 Official Selection, film index

Gwen - le Livre de sable
Gwen, the Book of Sand

  1. Overview
  2. Fact Sheet

This story is a legend told by an old woman from the desert. It speaks of a time when all that was built by previous civilizations was drowned in sand... except one "thing" that was still working and unloading objects from the past in the desert...

The film

  • Film identity

    Original title: Gwen - le Livre de sable

    Directed by: Jean-François LAGUIONIE

    Born in 1939, Jean-François Laguionie loved drawing ever since his childhood. After studying Applied Arts, he studied animation under Paul Grimault for ten years, during which time he created the shorts that won him numerous prizes, including the 1978 Palme d'Or for a Short Film at Cannes for "Rowing Across the Atlantic". In 1985, he directed his first feature film "Gwen, the Book of Sand" and followed that with "A Monkey's Tale" (1999), "L'Île de Black Mor" (2004) and "The Painting" (2011).

    Country: France

    Year of production: 1984

    Running time: 01 h 07 min

  • Technique

    Category: Feature film

    Techniques used: Drawing on cels, Cut-outs

    Process: Colour

    Target public: All audiences

  • Credits

    Directed by: Jean-François LAGUIONIE


    Artistic direction: Jean-François Laguionie

    Script: Jean-François Laguionie, Jean-Paul Gaspari

    Sets: Bernard Palacios

    Animation: Claude Luyet, Henri Heidsieck

    Camera: Pierre Darlot

    Music: Pierre Alrand

    Sound: Paul Bertault

    Editing: Hélène Arnal

    Voice: Michel Robin, Lorella Di Cicco