Tuesday, October 06, 2015

2016 César Awards - Animation Short Films Selection

Today the French Academy (Académie des Arts et Techniques du Cinéma) announced that the road to #César2016 starts today with the presentation of the twelve (12) animation short films that make the selection for this edition of the French awards.

Still believe that French animation is one of the best in the world (if not, THE best) and in this selection we find some outstanding examples of how developed animation is in that country.

These are the films in the selection

Le C.O.D et le Coquelicot, Jeanne Paturle and Cécile Rousset, 24'
Carapace, Flora Molinié, 16'
La Chair de ma Chère, Calvin Antoine Blandin, 13'
Chez Moi (My Home), Phuong Mai Nguyen, 13'
Chulyen, Histoire de Corbeau, Cerise Lopez and Agnès Patron, 20'
Dans les Eaux Profondes (In Deep Wateres), Sarah Van Den Boom, 12'
Leftover, Tibor Bànòczki and Sarolta Szabó, 14'
La nuit américaine d'Angélique, Pierre-Emmanuel Lyet and Joris Clerté, 7'
Les Repas Dominical (Sunday Lunch), Céline Devaux, 14'
Smart Monkey, Vincent Paronnaud and Nicolas Pawlowski, 18'
Sous Tes Doigts, Marie-Christine Courtès, 13'
Tigres à la Queue Leu Leu, Benoît Chieux, 8'

Besides the online screening and a special cinema screening on December 12, 2015, the twelve films will also be available to Academy voters on a "Coffret DVD César 2016". The first voting stage will take place from January 4 to 26, 2016 and the five nominees will be selected. All César Awards nominations will be announced via a press conference on January 27, 2016.

Check available info, film still and/or trailer for short films in the selection.

Le C.O.D et le Coquelicot by Jeanne Paturle and Cécile Rousset
Synopsis: Dans une école primaire d’un quartier périphérique de Paris réputé difficile, où les équipes d’enseignants s’épuisent et se succèdent d’année en année, cinq jeunes maîtres sans expérience ont fait le pari de rester.Cinq ans après, ils nous parlent de leur quotidien dans ce lieu où ils tentent de construire, dans une alternance de découragement et de projets, une école comme les autres.

Carapace by Flora Molinié
Synopsis: Lili is in love, but can't make love. She has no idea why. Leo is full of empathy, but Lili is frustrated, desperate, and above all scared that their relationship can't last like this. So begins her quest to take charge of her body, her destiny.

La Chair de ma Chère by Calvin Antoine Blandin
Synopsis: After a tragic event, a child takes refuge in an alternative reality, where his mother is still present.

Chez Moi (My Home) by Phuong Mai Nguyen
Synopsis: Hugo's mother is back home. The day after, when Hugo wakes up, he finds black feathers all over his house.

Chulyen, Histoire de Corbeau by Cerise Lopez and Agnès Patron
Synopsis: Up there, so close to the pole, Chulyen is bored. Half man, half crow, with his pitiless eyes he cuts the world into pieces. When Chulyen covets a giant's kayak, he comes down from the air to charm and deceive him. When Chulyen is starving, he devours alive a plump, pudgy, delicious young seal. But the wind rises, and the spirits of the forest are at his heels. This time, Chulyen won't get out of it unscathed. Unless...

Dans les Eaux Profondes (In Deep Waters) by Sarah Van Den Boom
Synopsis: Three characters have in common a secret and intimate experience which seems to have a strong impact on their life...

Leftover by Tibor Bànòczki and Sarolta Szabó
Synopsis: What does it mean eating alone in human society? Showing moments of six different lives, this animated anthology film seeks answer for this question. Remains of food, remains of human relationships.

La nuit américaine d'Angélique by Pierre-Emmanuel Lyet and Joris Clerté
Synopsis: When she saw Francois Truffaut's Day For Night, Angelique discovered that it was possible to dream up her life.

Les Repas Dominical (Sunday Lunch), Céline Devaux
Synopsis: It’s Sunday. At lunch, James observes his family. They ask him questions, but don't listen to his answers; they give him advice but don't follow them themselves. They caress him, they smack him, but it's normal, it is lunch on Sunday.

Smart Monkey by Vincent Paronnaud and Nicolas Pawlowski
Synopsis: The struggle of the weak to survive the brutes is ancestral. In the Paleolithic jungle, a mischievous little monkey faces dangerous predators. An epilogue, taking place centuries later, reminds us that civilization was not founded on good feelings.

Sous Tes Doigts by Marie-Christine Courtès
Synopsis: The day of the cremation of her grand mother, Emilie, a young mixed-race Asian girl, buries herself into her grandmother memories. She discovers the Indochina of Hoa, her romantic encounter with Jacques (a French colon), the birth of Linh (Emilie's mother) and her tragic departure to France in 1956. She relives with Linh the arrival into the camp of Sainte-Livrade, the exploitation of the Indochinese women by the market gardeners of Lot-et-Garonne. Between memories, dance, anger and traditional rituals, Emilie learns to accept this heritage…

Tigres à la Queue Leu Leu by Benoît Chieux
Synopsis: An extremely lazy young boy is harassed by his mother who cannot bear to see him eat and sleep all day after day. He eventually decides to get to work and shows unexpected imagination, creativity and tenacity.

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