Summer Shorts: Cesar

Part of: Screenings at Strelka


A selection of short films nominated for France’s prestigious César Award in the category “Best Animated Film”.

Planet Z
France, 2011, 10 min.
Directed by Momoko Seto
In the future, unbridled industrialization and dwindling resources cause plant and animal species to disappear.
“Planet Z” was screened at the Berlin International Film Festival and at the Venice International Film Festival.

The Cord Woman (“La Femme a Cordes”)
Belgium, 2010, 15 min.
Directed by Vladimir Mavounia-Kouka
Sebastian follows a stranger’s advice to a hole-in-the-wall theater where he’s treated to a most unusual performance. A story of love, inspired by theworks of David Lynch and Tod Browning.
“The Cord Woman” received a special mention from the jury of the Palm Springs International Film Festival. It was also screened at the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival.

La Douce
France, 2011, 9 min.
Directed by Anne Larricq
A modern twist on Anton Chekhov’s “Dushechka”.
“La Douce” was screened at the Brussels International Animated Film Festival.

A Mouse’s Tale (“La Queue de La Souris”)
France, 2007, 4 min.
Directed by Benjamin Renner
In a dark-red forest, a tiny mouse falls into the clutches of a terrifying wolf. To save his life, he makes a deal with the wolf, who agrees to let the him goin exchange for a tastier treat. An amusing fable in the tradition of Jean de La Fontaine.
“A Mouse’s Tale” was screened at the Brussels International Animated Film Festival, where it won best student film and the viewer’s choice award.

The Gloaming
France, 2010, 12 min.
Directed by Niko Nobrain
The short history of humankind — from creation to self-destruction. Wars, genetic engineering, power lust, and pollution: This world is doomed to end,taking its creators with it.
“The Gloaming” was awarded best animated film at the Lodz International Film Festival and received a Silver Bear at the Ebensee International FilmFestival.

Farewell General (“Adieu General”)
France, 2009, 6 min.
Directed by Luis Briceno
In this amateur film, which was shot on a mobile phone, the director humorously recalls his childhood in Chile in the 1980s.
“Farewell General” was screened at the Clermont-Ferrand International Short-Film Festival and at the Geneva International Animated Film Festival.

The Circus (“Le Cirque”)
Canada/France, 2010, 8 min.
Directed by Nicolas Brault
Strangers prevent a young boy from spend time alone with his dying mother. An autobiographical tale of love and death.
“The Circus” was awarded best Canadian short film at the Montreal International Film Festival.

France, 2010, 11 min.
Directed by Sebastien Laudenbach
Like his namesake, the great explorer Vasco da Gama, the hero of this film dreams of new worlds and distant horizons, and nothing, including hishome and the love of a beautiful girl, can stop him from making his dreams come true.
Winner of the SABAM prize at the Brussels International Animated Film Festival.

France, 2010, 5 min.
Directed by Tom Haugomat and Bruno Mangyoku
Jean-Francois is a world-champion swimmer, but his medals don’t bring him peace and happiness. Instead, he’s haunted by ghosts from the past andmemories of a childhood spent at sea.
“Jean-Francois” was screened at the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival.

Once Upon A Time There Was Oil (“IL Etait Une Fois L’Huile”)
France, 2010, 15 min.
Directed by Vincent Paronnaud
A witty parody of sci-fi films and advertisements for Meroll motor oil. Director Vincent Paronnaud (Persepolis, 2007) challenges taboos in his critiqueof consumer society and the role of advertising.
“Once Upon A Time There Was Oil” received a special mention at the Cleveland International Film Festival.