Jean-François Laguionie

France , 1974 / 11 min / French OV with English subt. / animation

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

A beachcomber and a mermaid clumsily and lovingly try to get over their differences.

One day, Potr’, a beachcomber, finds himself freeing a mermaid trapped in a fishnet. Upon gazing at each other both fall in love but find their romance being challenged once they try to live together. The mermaid being unable to live on land and Potr’ unable to live under the sea, the latter goes on a quest to find a solution.

Fri 06/03 12:00 Cinémathèque FR OV with EN subt. Public
Cast & Credits
Jean-Pierre Sentier
Jean-François Laguionie
Jean-François Laguionie
Vieri Tosati
Studios du Languedoc
L’agence du court métrage

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.

  • 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)