Gwen, le Livre de sable

Annecy Classics: Gwen, the Book of Sand

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Jean-François Laguionie’s first feature film, a timeless masterpiece to watch over and over again.

At this year’s Festival, enjoy a restored version of Jean-François Laguionie’s very first feature-length animated film, Gwen, the Book of Sand, 34 years after it was part of the Official Selection. Made entirely using paper cutout animation, this film hurtles viewers into a post-apocalyptic desert world alongside Gwen, the nomadic tribe that she lives with, and the mysterious entity wandering somewhere out there. When one of Gwen’s friends is kidnapped by the entity, her incredible journey into the unknown begins.

A timeless fantasy, full of poetry and mystery, to watch once, twice, or until your heart’s content.

With Annecy Classics, the Festival pays tribute to timeless shorts and features to remind us of the great moments in the history of animation. It highlights avant-garde techniques, the journey of brilliant directors, and celebrates key events. Take a break and rediscover the great animated classics!

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  • Jean-François LAGUIONIE
    Jean-François LAGUIONIE

  • Nicole DUFOUR
    Nicole DUFOUR

  • Bernard PALACIOS
    Bernard PALACIOS

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