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THE LADY AND THE CELLIST (LA DEMOISELLE ET LE VIOLONCELLISTE)

Jean-François Laguionie

France , 1965 / 9 min / without words / animation

Part of the Jean-François Laguionie retrospective
Jean-François Laguionie

By the sea, a young musician inadvertently provokes a storm which takes a fisherwoman away.

On a bright summer's day, a young man sits on a cliff by the sea to practise his cello. The man's ferocious playing style rouses up a storm which causes the waves to sweep a young woman who was gathering shrimp by the shore out to sea. The heroic cellist dives in to save the fisherwoman and finds himself battling sea creatures to reach both the woman and his instrument.

Screenings
Fri 06/03 12:00 Cinémathèque without words Public
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Awards
  • Grand Prix, Annecy International Animation Film Festival, 1965
Cast & Credits
Screenplay 
Jean-François Laguionie
Cinematographer 
Jean-François Laguionie
Music 
Edouard Lalo
Production 
Les Films Paul Grimault
Distribution 
L’agence du court métrage
Biography

Born in 1939 in Besançon, France, Jean-François Laguionie studied applied arts before Paul Grimault initiated him to animation. He then started making his own first shorts. In 1978, he received the Palme d’Or for the Best Short Film in Cannes for Rowing Across the Atlantic. Afterwards he started to direct feature-length films with Gwen, the Book of Sand (1985), before working on A Monkey’s Tale (1999), a much more ambitious and mainstream film than his previous ones. In 2004 he adapted his own novel Black Mor’s Island, followed by Louise by the Shore which is released in 2016. The Prince’s Voyage (2019) is his sixth feature film and is set in the same world as A Monkey’s Tale.

Filmography
  • 2019 – Le Voyage du prince
  • 2016 – Louise en hiver
  • 2011 – Le Tableau
  • 2004 – L’Île de Black Mor
  • 1999 – Le Château des singes
  • 1985 – Gwen, le livre de Sable
  • 1978 – La Traversée de l’Atlantique à la rame (court-métrage / short / Kurzfilm)
  • 1976 – Le Masque du diable (court-métrage / short / Kurzfilm)
  • 1975 – L’Acteur (court-métrage / short / Kurzfilm)
  • 1974 – Potr’ et la fille des eaux (court-métrage / short / Kurzfilm)
  • 1972 – Hélène ou le malentendu (court-métrage / short / Kurzfilm)
  • 1971 – Plage privée (court-métrage / short / Kurzfilm)
  • 1969 – Une Bombe par hasard (court-métrage / short / Kurzfilm)
  • 1967 – L’Arche de Noé (court-métrage / short / Kurzfilm)
  • 1965 – La Demoiselle et le violoncelliste (court-métrage / short / Kurzfilm)