Laurent Witz, Alexandre Espigares

Luxembourg, France , 2013 / 11 min / Without Words / Short, Animation

Kino um Glacis - Drive and Walk-in

A withdrawn man scared of change has to share his home with a new, invasive companion.

Mr Hublot lives in a world where the giant scale of machines and the relentless use of salvaged materials reign supreme. Mr Hublot is a withdrawn, idiosyncratic character with OCD, scared of change and the outside world. The arrival of a robot dog will turn his life upside down and force him to share his home.

  • Oscar – Best Animated Short Film, 86th Academy Awards, 2014 (USA)
  • Lumière Award – Best International Animated 3D Short, 3D Creative Arts Awards, 2014 (USA)
  • Jury Award – Best Animated Short Film, American Short Film Awards, 2014 (USA)
  • Special Jury Mention, Heart of Gold International Short Film Festival, 2014 (Australia)
  • Festival Prize – Best Animation, Kerry Film Festival, 2013 (Ireland)
Cast & Credits
Laurent Witz
Pascal Thiebaux, Éric Toubal, Stéphane Halleux, Sam-Ouen Yin
Marcu Gueroult, Jacques Andries, Nick Rollinger, Matthieu Michaux, Ralph Popov
Pascal Thiébaux
François Rousselot
Zeilt Productions
WATT Frame, Arte France
Zeilt Productions
Mickaël Coëdel

Laurent Witz is a French animator, screenwriter, producer and director born in 1975. He made his first animated films while studying at the École supérieure d’art de Lorraine in Metz. In 2002, he moved to Luxembourg where he worked on the country’s first animated feature Renart the Fox (2005) as an animator. In 2007, he founded the studio Zeilt Productions which produced several animated advertising campaigns. Together with his co-director Alexandre Espigares, he won the Oscar for Best Animated Short for the animated short Mr Hublot (2013).

Alexandre Espigares was born in Luxembourg to Spanish-Luxembourgish parents. In 2000, he finished his studies in animation at the Lycée Technique des Arts et Métiers in Luxembourg and has been working in computer animation since. Internationally, he has worked on films such as, #9 (2009) and Iron Man 3 (2912). As a co-director of Mr Hublot (2013) he won the Oscar for best animated short in 2014. His feature directorial debut White Fang, adapted from Jack London’s eponymous novel, had its world premiere at Sundance.

  • Laurent Witz
  • 2018 – Barababor: Conquistad’or (1 episode of the TV series)
  • 2017 – Cogs (short)
  • 2013 – Mr Hublot (short)
  • Alexandre Espigares
  • 2018 – White Fang
  • 2013 – Mr Hublot (short)