A tale of an unusual friendship and a too slick and real French story shared the 2014 Césars for animation.
In an unprecedented tie-in between a feature length animation and a short animated film, 2 films shared the French award for Best Animated Film out of 5 nominated films.
The French Academy seems to have decided to offer two César awards to a feature and a short animated film respectively, in order to compensate for the lack of a separate category for short animation.
The 39th César for Best Animated Feature went to Loulou The Incredible Secret (Loulou, l'incroyable secret), a film by Eric Ormond (producers: Valérie Schermann, Christophe Jankovic, Prima Linea Productions).
In the film, we learn about the unlikely friendhsip between Loulou the wolf and Tom the rabbit, which takes its turn when Loulou turns that his bohemian mother is alive.
Made from the same team that brought Zarafa to the big screen, Loulou is the brainchild of the Lebanese-born illustrator Grégoire Solotareff, who conceived it as a comic book in the 80s. It was first made into an animated short in 2003.
The trailer plays with urban and natural environments and mutual adjustment:
Kiki of Montparnasse by Amélie HARRAULT (producers: Serge Elissalde, Olivier Catherin, Les 3 Ours) received the award for Best Animated Short.
It tells the story of Kiki de Montparnasse, the unwary muse of major avant-garde painters of the early twentieth century. It is self-described as a film between "animation, design (painting, video) and documantary". Here's a vibrant trailer for the 14-minute film:
Amelie Harrault first studied at the Fine Arts Academy of Toulouse, and then at EMCA, the animation school of Angoulême.
Kiki of Montparnasse is her first professional short film, but Amelie Harrault has also worked in Betty Blues (Remi Vandenitte) and "Le 3ème Œil" (The 3rd Eye) by Jerome Perillat.