Programme

ROWING ACROSS THE ATLANTIC (LA TRAVERSÉE DE L’ATLANTIQUE À LA RAME)

Jean-François Laguionie

France , 1978 / 21 min / French OV with English subt. / animation

Part of the short film programme Les mondes imaginaires de Jean-François Laguionie
Jean-François Laguionie

A couple leaves their home in New York and spend the rest of their days on a boat in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.

At first, it was only about rowing across the Atlantic, a simple achievement like any other. However, certain journeys take a whole lifetime to complete and being a couple on top of living in a restricted space is not always easy.

Screenings
Fri 06/03 12:00 Cinémathèque FR OV with EN subt. Public

“The cut-paper imagery is in harmony with the feelings the travelers share. As time passes, the film conveys a surrealistic atmosphere. In the end, it echoes the possible dream one can reach by paying attention to what surrounds us.” Hélène Rémond, Hear the Boat Sing, 13/08/2019

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Awards
  • Palme D’Or for the Best Short Film, Cannes Film Festival, 1978 (France)
  • Grand Prize, Ottawa International Animation Festival, 1978 (Canada)
  • César for the Best Animated Short, César Awards, 1979 (France)
Cast & Credits
Cast 
Charlotte Maury, Jean-Pierre Sentier
Screenplay 
Jean-François Laguionie, Jean-Pierre Gaspari
Cinematographer 
Jean-François Laguionie
Sound 
Christian Dusfour, Daniel Mellinger, Robert Thuillier
Music 
Pierre Alrand
Production 
Mediane Film
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)