At the time our story begins, a rumor has been spreading like wildfire through the Picture: It is reported that “the Painter will never come back." For the Alldunns, this is the best news they have ever heard. They decide to seize power and bring order to the castle… –Rendezvous with French Cinema
Jean-François Laguionie is a French animator, film director and producer of animation born 1939 in Besançon.
Laguionie was originally interested in theatre but his encounter with Paul Grimault gave him the opportunity to learn the techniques of animated film. Though they were very close to each other, Paul Grimault and Jean-François Laguionie rarely worked together (though Grimault produced Laguionie’s first three shorts).
Jean-François Laguionie then directed several short films, climaxing with the now famous La Traversée de l’Atlantique à la rame (Rowing across the Atlantic) (1978), which won the César Award for best short animated film in 1979.
He has also been a friend of Michel Ocelot, whose short film Les Trois inventeurs was shot in Laguionie’s home and used the magnet-aided method of cutout animation invented by him.
While working on his first feature-length animated film, Gwen, or the Book of Sand (Gwen, le livre de sable) in 1985, “Jef” founded… read more
Set inside the world of a painting, THE PAINTING tells a story of fully painted figures who believe they are better than those who aren't. When an Alldun falls in love with a halfie, it scandalizes everyone, and some leave the painting in search of answers from their long absent painter. A gorgeously animated allegory of racial prejudice, building one's own destiny, and the human search for God. A powerful work.