French Animation: The Mirror Effect – Animation in France 1: Cartoons After Paul Grimault

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As part of Annecy’s tribute to France, this documentary on the nation’s animation scene puts the spotlight on its fast-paced and changing industry.

More popular than ever, French animation embraces all kinds of techniques and aesthetics. In this three-part documentary, you can tag along to survey its new scene. You’ll also meet the artists, from rising talents to reputed masters, who happily walk you through this detailed inspection.

The first chapter of this trilogy: Cartoons After Paul Grimault.

The animated cartoon was a French invention. Paul Grimault was a pioneer in this art and made a lasting impact on the French animated feature with The King and the Mockingird. His principal disciples (who have also made names for themselves) Jean-François Laguionie and Jacques Colombat contributed to this documentary.

Other successful feature filmmakers renowned for their particular style, including Sylvain Chomet (director of The Illusionist), Jacques-Rémy Girerd (founder of Folimage) and Marjane Satrapi (author/director of Persepolis) were interviewed for this film by Romain Delerps and Alexandre Hilaire (director).

The DVD box set (Doriane Films) of this documentary is for sale at the Boutique du Festival @ bdfugue.

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Open to all badgeholders by reservation and single admission ticket sales for the general public