Gérard Frot-Coutaz Award for Best first French Fiction
Fabien, a fallen 90's TV star, wants to go to Paris, but his failing memory is turning the journey into a long obstacle course, until a young and romantic soldier decides to help him out.
During this strange road trip, people meet again by chance and patterns keep on repeating themselves. The film feels its way along, as in a dream, a bit like the main character, a lunar boy who cannot taste anymore and whose memory comes and goes. The film beautifully transforms those impediments into comic and dramatic driving forces. Despite its light feel, Blonde Animals also talks of absence and the difficulty of being, and is a deeply liberating and daring film that can be absurd, gory or even of "bad taste" at times. It is a bright exception within French cinema, that too often dwells on heavy humour and dull realism. (Chloé Cavillier)
FIRST FRENCH FICTION*
* Selected only for the prize Gérard Frot-Coutaz
Thomas Scimeca, Basile Meilleurat, Agathe Bonitzer
- Maxime Matray, Alexia Walther
- Simon Beaufils
- Colin Favre-Bulle, Luc Meilland, Sébastien Pierre
- Art direction
- Barnabé d’Hauteville
- Martial Salomon, Jeanne Sarfati
- Ecce Films, Emmanuel Chaumet
UFO Distribution, Lucie Plumart
Alexia Walther has graduated from the ESAV in Toulouse. She is a writer and works between Geneva and Paris. Maxime Matray studied at the Villa Arson in Nice. They first began working together with the short film Twist, which won the Grand Prix in Belfort in 2006. Since then, they have directed several films together, such as Malfaisant in 2013. Blonde Animals is their first feature film. CM/SF : Twist (Entrevues, 2006), L'Élan (2008), L'Été (2008), Les Ambassadeurs (2012), Malfaisant (2013).