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La Vieille Dame et les Pigeons

La Vieille Dame et les Pigeons
The Old Lady and the Pigeons

  1. Overview
  2. Awards
  3. Fact Sheet

Paris in the 1950s. A hungry policeman comes across a doddering old lady in a park. The old lady's favourite pastime is to offer lavish meals to the local pigeons. The policeman suddenly has an idea – if he were to become a pigeon he could share in the rich pickings of the naive old lady. Naive?

Award in Annecy

  • Grand Prix for best short film (1997)

The film

  • Film identity

    Original title: La Vieille Dame et les Pigeons

    Directed by: Sylvain CHOMET

    Sylvain Chomet is a graduate of l'École supérieure de l'image and published the "Le Secret des Libellules" comic book (Futuropolis) before launching himself in animation in London. He then oversaw a Montpellier graphic art studio with Hubert Chevillard, Nicolas de Crécy, Éric Larnoy and Corcal before writing the screenplay for both "Le Pont dans la vase" (Glénat) and "Léon la carne" (Casterman). While in Quebec, he directed with de Crécy the short "The Old Lady and the Pigeons" which earned them the Annecy Grand Prix for best short film in 1997 and an Oscar nomination. In 2003, he directed his first animated feature "The Triplets of Belleville". His second feature, "The Illusionist" (2010) is an adaptation of a story by Jacques Tati.

    Country: France, Canada

    Year of production: 1996

    Running time: 23 min

  • Technique


    Techniques used: drawing on cels, 2D computer, special effects

    Process: Colour

  • Credits

    Directed by: Sylvain CHOMET


    Distribution: LES ARMATEURS, Didier BRUNNER, , Nicky TEW

    Script: Sylvain Chomet

    Graphics: Sylvain Chomet

    Sets: Nicolas De Crecy

    Animation: Sylvain Chomet

    Music: Jean Corti

    Sound: Sonolab