Festival du Film Merveilleux & Imaginaire 2021

Festival du Film Merveilleux & Imaginaire 2021

The 2021 jury awarded the following prizes: Best Film, Best Animated Film, Jury Prize, Musical Favourite, Best Special Effects.

The members of the jury are: Cedrik Leger ( Producer), Lancelot Mingau (Director), Sylvie Dimet (Founder of the Paris International Animation Film Festival (PIAFF)), Carole Mermoud (Actress) and Angie Russo (Actress).

PROGRAMMATION DU 12 ème FESTIVAL DU FILM MERVEILLEUX

Le roi des démons du vents directed by Clémence Poésy

Runtime : 15’43

Production : FullDawa Films

Country : FRANCE /BELGIQUE

Synopsis : ​​It’s New Year’s Eve. Sophie, a quasi-burnt-out intern at the psych emergency room, is in charge of admitting Marie, a troubled patient brought by the police following  a crisis. Despite her ramblings and her obvious distress, Marie has something special that confuses Sophie. During their conversation, Marie sees right through Sophie and makes remarks that lead Sophie to question deeply her relationship with her boyfriend Vincent. After tonight, nothing will ever be the same.

Avanti directed by Mélanie Doutey

Runtime: 11’58

Production: FullDawa Films

Country: FRANCE / BELGIQUE

Synopsis: Louise and Manu have very different ways of dealing with grief. While Manu chooses to move forwards, Louise is disoriented, literally: she can only move forward backward. One day, she meets Camille who reassures her about her condition and reveals to her the existence of a discreet community, « those who live better from behind ». With them, Louise learns to move forward by going backward.

Ted de Khaled Nazar

Runtime : 8’00

Production : Claudia Penetra

Country: Portugal

Synopsis: A woman develops a relationship with an artificial intelligence software.

The recycling man de Carlos Balluri

Durée : 13’25

Production : Cavalieri della notte S.L.R et Sukiyari studio LLC

Pays de production: ITALIE

Synopsis: In a crowded, yet lonely suburban neighborhood, Jacob (Benjamin Ainsworth – “Haunting of Bly Manor”), a boy immobilized in a wheelchair, fights boredom by spying on his neighbors across the courtyard. Sarah, a girl of the same age, spots him out and says hello with a piece of paper. The new friendship is suddenly interrupted when a menacing man approaches the girl and attacks her from behind with a screwdriver. Jacob, even though he is stuck in his chair, will try everything to help the little girl. But is the boy really witnessing a murder with his binoculars, or is he just not seeing the whole picture?

Un monde sans crise directed by Ted Hardy-Carnac

Runtime : 26’58

Production : La belle affaire productions

Country : FRANCE

Synopsis: Emilie is struggling in life. After numerous unsuccessful interviews, the lively but clumsy 30 year-old finds herself under a great deal of social pressure and fears to lose her home. Naturally she has high hopes when she is called in for a new interview, but in this future society that plays by slightly different rules, nothing goes as planned…

Catch your heart directed by YANG, WAN-JING

Runtime : 4’22

Production :YANG, WAN-JING 

Country: TAIWAN

Synopsis: “There is a doll looking forward to love in a special claw machine. The doll always t believes that a prince will lead her to a wonderful life. However, the person who is interesting at it is a girl. So the doll began to fight with the girl in order to not be clawed. The story aims to show that the untutored doll trust love excessively. The blindly love will lead to depression and betrayal in the end.” 

Pipo et l’amour aveugle de Hugo Le Gourrierec

Runtime : 12’

Production :IKO 

Country: FRANCE

Synopsis: In a dezhumanized world where emotions are rationed and measured by a gauge, Pipo, a factory worker falls in love with a woman sitting on a bench. He will try anything to attract her attention and seduce her with his own « language ».

Born for forest de LIANG, YA-CHUN

Durée : 6’08

Production : WENG, JIA-YU

Pays de production: TAIWAN

Synopsis: On the contaminated land, the conservationist CHUN- CHUN is on the mission of rescuing the rare green plants in the wild. What she doesn’t aware of, is that the seemingly tranquil wildness has been permeated with the smoke monster named PM2.5. Due to the monster’s attack, CHUN- CHUN’s body becomes weaker insidiously. In face of this inevitable enemy, Springy steadfastly brings her plants toward an unknown future.

Partir directed by Nils Balleydier

Runtime : 4’17

Production : Nils Balleydier

Country: FRANCE

Synopsis: Louise gets scolded by her mother who orders her to do her homework. Rather than doing it she plays the plane. Her mother discover it but says nothing. Louise finally start working . She writes first by groping and then immerses herself in the story, she writes the story of an imaginary creature through which she identifies. This little creature is called Mako, she runs away from her parents and travels. Mako gets lost in her travels and sadly realizes that she loses her home by rushing on this journey. As for Louise, she reconnects with her mother by writing this story.

The gesture & the word directed by Helen Alexis Yonov

Runtimee : 23’00

Production : Helen Alexis Yonov

Country: USA

Synopsis: A lonely postman (Gilbert) lives vicariously through hand-drawn postcards that a woman (Aurore) receives from her boyfriend (Eric) as he travels around the world. When the postcards suddenly stop, Gilbert begins to secretly recreate them. With the help of his friend Mr. Rostalle, (Paul Dooley) a blind widower and retired literary professor and poet, Gilbert (James Michael Tyler) learns to open himself up to the prospect of love, and in the process of trying to bring someone else happiness, discovers it for himself as he learns to express his feelings for the neighborhood florist (Eloïse.)

Latitude du printemps directed by Sylvain Cuvillier, Chloé Bourdic, Théophile Coursimault, Noémie Halberstam, Maÿlis Mosny, Zijing Ye

Runtime : 7’33

Production : Rubika Animation

Country: FRANCE

Synopsis: A dog gets abandoned on the side of the road. Attached to a street light, he stays alone until the day he meets a young astronaut wannabe and a professional cyclist who keeps on trying to beat her highest score.

Cosmic Girl directed by Lorenzo Corvino

Runtime : 15’00

Production : The Piranesi Experience srl ( Claudia Esposito)

Country: ITALIE

Synopsis: We are in front at the sixth great mass extinction and climate will be the cause. While a young woman relives some seemingly carefree memories, her thoughts tell us that in this vast cosmos we are not alone. She is the daughter of two worlds and can change the fate of our race. She has powers that one day will redeem all humanity.

Coeur de neige directed by Téo Criqui, Clément Serralta, Baptiste Malbranque, Justine Hémery, Chloé Stemmelin, Cannelle Courtois Maginot

Runtime : 6’57

Production : Rubika Animation

Country: FRANCE

Synopsis: Anna is an android. When her condition makes her obsolete, she decides to flee the civilization on board an old train, in order to preserve what is most precious to her.

Le grille pain de Madame Grenier directed by Jethro Massey

Runtime : 16’50

Production : Film Fabric

Country: FRANCE

Synopsis: Mme Grenier is married to her toaster. It’s a happy marriage, filled with great memories. But as the toaster doesn’t talk much, Mme Grenier sometimes suffers a little loneliness.

Kairos, qualitative time directed by Carlos Scasso

Runtime : 16’36

Production : Carlo Scasso

Country: ESPAGNE

Synopsis: To curtail the spread of revolts against the System, the “Kairós Programme” has been activated. Isacaar, one of the insurgents, will find himself faced with the chance of preserving something more important than his ideals.

Un caillou dans la chaussure directed by Eric Montchaud

Runtime : 11’28

Production : XBO films et Nadasy films

Country:FRANCE

Synopsis: A pupil turns up to his new class for the first time. This pupil however is different to the others, he’s a frog in a class of rabbits.

The Haunted Swordsman directed by Kevin McTurk

Runtime : 15’

Production : Lisa Henson

Country:USA

Synopsis: In this handcrafted epic puppet film set in a world of demons and ghosts, a lone samurai and his odd companion, a cursed severed head, seek vengeance in a haunted world.

De l’autre côté des montagnes de Nina Doré

Runtime : 13’55

Production  : Après la 13

Country: FRANCE

Synopsis: In an orphanage lost in the middle of the mountains, little girls have never known the outside world. Anna, a ten-year-old girl, wants to be free.

Du baume au coeur directed by Nicolas Durand

Runtime : 9’59

Production : En chemin production

Country: FRANCE

Synopsis: Boïko, a penniless, whimsical street musician, smiles again when Christelle and Joseph, two blind passersby, make a striking encounter… Captivated by the series of misunderstandings, BoÏko catapults the two blind fellows into his imaginary world made of movies and music…

CHIAKAN-MOFEI directed LIN, Shan-Yi

Runtime : 6’46

Production : LI,FENG-YU

Country: TAIWAN

Synopsis: In a happy reunion feast, the serious grandpa had a quarrel with the grandma who spoils grandchildren over the granddaughter’s behavior. They compete each other by showing martial arts; which they were good at in young ages. At the same time, they bring in “harmony and peace as priority” hidden in the martial thoughts to set forth the spirit of Chinese people: kind but firm, and diplomatic in dealing with things.

The perfumer directed by JHENG, Kai-Yuan

Runtime : 8’50

Production : TONG,HAO-YU

Country: Tawain

Synopsis:As we grow older and leave away fom hometown to study , we inevitably neglect our connection between our familes. When we flash back to the past, the time we spent togather with our families was so valuable.

Gundpower directed by Romane Faure, Nathanael Perron, Léa Detrain, Benoît de Geyer d’Orth, Pei-Hsuan Lin, Anne-Lise Kubiak

Runtime : 5’30

Production : Supinfocom, Rubika

Country: FRANCE

Synopsis: lt’s teatime! Unfortunately for Phileas all his teaboxes are empty! He decides to go get some to the source, in China!

Dedication directed by Selina Sondermann

Runtime : 16’00

Production : Selina Sondermann

Country: ALLEMAGNE

Synopsis: A young maid enlists supernatural help in order to escape her past.

Monster sitter directed by Elena Beatrice, Daniele Lince

Runtime : 5’

Production : Beatrice, Line factory, Sofia falchetto et Matteo tarditi

Country: ITALIE

Synopsis: In a world where lake monsters exist, we follow the daily life of Giacomo Rosetti, the one who takes care of Isy, the monster of Lake Iseo.

La mémoire du médaillon d’or directed by Clara Danjoux

Runtime : 4’03

Production : GOBELINS, l’école de l’image

Country: FRANCE

Synopsis: Ayla, a young shepherdess, erects a burial to a drowned dead woman, trapped in solitude and oblivion on the depth of a lake. A mysterious white horse will guide her.

Haru directed by Jean Grandgirard, Sophie Noël, Christophe Jeudy, Grégoire Dehame, Julie Durandy

Runtime : 4’26

Production : ArtFX

Country: FRANCE

Synopsis: Seiryu, the dragon spring god comes out of his sleep to give life to nature but it is without counting on the devil of the night, Ugetsu, who came to prevent it.

L’Orée directed by Renaud TISSANDIÉ, Bastien GARBUIO, Raphaël LAFFITTE, Mickaël BOIXADERA, Jonathan MARTINEZ

Runtime : 5’02

Production : ArtFX

Country: FRANCE

Synopsis: Alice is an artist lacking inspiration. She creates environments using a technology which materializes them in front of her. She persists in a project but ends up being trapped in her own work. Against all odds, she finds there a new creative inspiration.

Time’s Down directed by Yan Weitlauff, François Brugaliérès, Valentin Soulard, Nils Lemonnier, Jonathan Bacheter

Runtime : 4’20

Production : ArtFX

Country: FRANCE

Synopsis: A thief uses the time manipulation to escape the time police.

Blue Curry directed by Magali DUNYACH, Chien-Ju HUNG, Jimin JUNG, Vajra PANCHARIA, Léa PIETRZYK

Runtime : 5’47

Production : GOBELINS, l’école de l’image

Country: FRANCE

Synopsis: Blue Curry follows a conversation in which a mother tries to make her son understand the beauty and diversity of the planet as they prepare a curry together. It is a universal story that begins with a simple question from a child about his identity and the differences between people.

The Last Touch directed by Melissa Mars

Runtime : 4’39

Production : Made in Mars Studios

Country: USA

Synopsis: In a near future where human touch can be deadly, a young couple tries to stay connected to one another and keep their love alive, while complying to the artificial intelligence ruling their lives.

Après la pluie directed by Noémie Dossou

Runtime : 6’15

Production : Atelier de Sèvres

Country: FRANCE

Synopsis: An et Daisy ont toujours vécu ensemble sur leur petite île déserte. An pensait qu’il en serait ainsi jusqu’à la fin de leur vie, mais Daisy elle, rêve de s’envoler.