Who will succeed Burden (Min Börda) Swedish Niki Lindroth Von Bahr, 2017 Short Film from the International Animation Film Festival (to see and see again here)?
It is obviously too early to predict, even if big names in animation are included in the selection of 46 professional short films in competition, starting with the Estonian Riho Unt, veteran of the animation in volume, price of the jury in 2015 for The Masterwho comes back with Maria and the 7 dwarfs.
We will come back in future posts on the young audience selection, created last year with the aim of encouraging the production and the creativity of these films which remain minority among the animated shorts.
The French selection is particularly rich, as 12 works produced or co-produced by France are in competition, more than a quarter of the films selected. No wonder, the largest contingent (with the United States and the United Kingdom) of more than 3,000 films sent to the selection committee led by Marcel Jean, artistic delegate of the festival, is tricolor.
Here are some names that emerge from this selection:
Justine Vuylsteker, young and brilliant director, had bluffed her world with Paris, adaptation of a poem by Robert Desnos, in which a blind man, floating figure animated with sand, strolled in the capital in full wakefulness. For his second film, hugs, she continues her experiments with an exceptional technique, the pin screen (learn more), nicknamed the "Stradivarius animation".
Gilles Cuvelier creates films with a very worked atmosphere, with eloquent silences and sound effects, not hesitating to immobilize his camera to allow the spectator time to immerse himself in the frame. After rumpus (2005) and Love Patate (2010), he returns with (Fool Time) Job, a fantastic story, chilling and enigmatic.
Denis Walgenwitz and Winshlusswho both worked on Persepolis, the first as assistant director, the second as co-director. They met again to work on Death, father and son, adaptation of one of the short stories of Winshluss, from the collection entitled Welcome to the Death Club (Ed Cornelius). A title as sarcastic and macabre as the humor of the author, whose feature parodies disney characters and American comics from the 1930s to the 1950s (read more).
Alain Gagnol and Jean-Loup Felicioli, writers and directors emeritus excellent A cat's life (2010) and Phantom Boy (2015), return with a short film that looks as tasty as their previous works. In The crying cata ten-year-old boy, punished by his mother, must spend an afternoon with an alarming old man, whose terrible secret he will discover …
Sébastien Laudenbach, director of the extraordinary Young girl without hands (2016), who has just delivered a formidable quadriptych for Dominique A (see here and interview there), is selected for an earlier film, vibrato. This is a carte blanche (and not a command, subtle nuance) granted by the Paris Opera to the filmmaker for publication on its audiovisual creation site, 3rd scene (read here). We can also see below this film which takes the form of an architectural animation essay.
Sarah Van Den Boom, director of the troubling In deep waters (2015), returns with an animated film in volume, Raymonde or the vertical escape, about a sixty-year-old owl-woman who tries to break the daily routine and break her loneliness.
Inès Sedan, director of a beautiful film about violence against women, El Canto (2013), returns with a short film, Love He Said, on the underground poet Charles Bukowski, his ethical provocations, but also his loneliness and his thirst for love.
Boris Labbé continues his experimental work on animation. After the superb rhizome (2015), then orogenesis (2017), film on the borders of abstraction and animation, he returns with an apocalyptic work, The fall, that of the world, " from which will be born the underworld and, on the contrary, the circles of paradise"…