Jean-François Laguionie

France , 1969 / 9 min / without words / animation

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

A town threatened by an explosion is evacuated, leaving an unaware drifter with the perfect opportunity to have some fun.

Scared that an infernal machine is about to explode, the villagers of a bustling town decide to leave their homes. When an unaware drifter enters the abandoned town, he decides to make it his playground: He dresses in the left behind clothes, pretends to be an art curator and plays music at his will. All under the stunned eyes of the former inhabitants who are watching him from the top of a nearby hill.

Fri 06/03 12:00 Cinémathèque without words Public
  • Special Jury Prize, Krakow Film Festival, 1969 (Poland)
  • Grand Prize, Mamaïa Film Festival, 1969 (Romania)
  • Grand Prize, Tehran Film Festival (Iran)
Cast & Credits
Jean-François Laguionie
Jean-François Laguionie
Henri Gruel
Pierre Alrand
Les Films Paul Grimault
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)