3 Days, 24 studios, a LOTTA coffee, a pile of films = TWO big programmes. Festival Co-Director Malcolm Turner, armed only with a tourist map and a fistful of Metro tickets, hit the streets in a mad dash to visit as many Parisian production and distribution studios as possible in just 3 days.
Paris New explores the best recent releases these studios generously shared with us, in a shout-it-out-loud statement on Paris’ claim to be the animating capital of the world!
Paris Historical digs a little deeper to reveal a diverse line-up of films that, each in their own way, either established or put the producing studio on the animation map.
At Barbican book tickets
The Crab’s Revolution (Arthur de Pins, Metronomic, France)
A true classic, one of the most popular animated short films ever! For every crab problem there is a crab solution – even if it isn’t straight out in front of you.
Cafe Allonge (Maxime Paccalet, Pierre Razetto & Dimitri Cohen-Tanugi, Kawanimation, France)
Gerbils, exploding toilets and roiling pastiche of psychedelic fantasies intersect in a quiet Parisian cafe the moment a beautiful woman walks through the door.
Clinic (Alexander Budnov, Millimages, France)
A cornucopia of nightmarish medical misadventures infect the mind of a man who probably needs a different kind of help than what is on offer at this clinic.
Maaz (Christian Volckman, Onyx, France)
An elegantly stylish example of digital hybrid animation years ahead of its time, from the filmmaker that went on to make the animated cult feature “Renaissance”.
The Skeleton Woman (Sarah Van Den Boom, Papy3D, France)
A majestic peace exists below the surface of calm waters and the simple domestic chaos of everyday life.
Jean-Francois (Tom Haugomat & Bruno Mangyoku, Cube Creative, France)
Size counts. It’s not the only thing that matters but it makes a difference. But every advantage comes with a cost.
Do Penguins Fly (Alban Lelievre, Planktoon, France)
Well, maybe. But you need proof. And getting proof takes patience and luck – both of which seem to be in short supply on this expedition.
Lonely Dogs (Remi Bastie, Nicolas Dehghani, Jonathan Djob Nkondo, Paul Lacolley, Kevin Manach, Nicolas Pegon & Jeremy Pires, CRCR, France)
The metallic labyrinth of an oil rig is no place for delusions, drunks or dogs that may not actually exist.
Le Balayeur (Serge Elissalde, Les films de l’Arlequin, France)
A masterclass in drawn animation from one of France’s finest contemporary animators. A simple tale of a street sweeper who finds the ultimate answer to his main workday problem.
Au Premier Dimanche d’Aout (Florence Miailhe, Les films de l’Arlequin, France)
A gloriously depicted autumnal evening in a busy country village by one of the world’s finest ‘under-camera’ animators.