The young Courge lives in the heart of the forest, raised by his father, a tyrannical giant who reigns triumphant over his domain and prevents his son from exploring beyond its boundaries. Isolated from civilization, the boy grows up wild, with for only companions the placid ghosts who haunt the forest. That is until the day he will venture to the nearest village, where he meets young Manon. . .
Cast & Crew
Director : Jean-Christophe Dessaint
Screenplay : Amandine Taffin
Starring : Jean Reno, Lorànt Deutsch, Isabelle Carré, Claude Chabrol
Schedule & Presentation
Presentation by and discussion with screenwriter Amandine Taffin
Saturday, March 23 – 10:20 a.m at the Byrd Theater ~ 1h36 ~ General Audience
Is there a particular style which one uses when writing for kids?
Amandine: Sure, for example, in the novel there is no real ogre. The ogre is a figurative representation of a father who does not show affection for his son. He isolates himself and his son away from all contact with the outside world. The plot quickly became a valuable way of storytelling. Actually, the structure of the tale is rather inverted: the magical forest inhabited by ghosts is not the terrifying place in which our young hero gets lost but the environment of his everyday life and civilization is the place to be explored. . .
How would you define the graphic style of the film?
Jean-Christophe: It is a directorial debut in which we can find pictorial attempts of nature representation and light animation. Since its origin, animation has always been a very sophisticated mix of artistry and industry requiring custom-made tools. Light is simulated by optical contrasts between colors. My approach was similar to that of the Impressionist painters. You contemplate an image and immediately begin to dream with your eyes open.