Louise en Hiver

France, Canada 2017

Synopsis

On the last day of summer, Louise, an old woman, realizes that the last train has departed without her. She finds herself alone in a small seaside resort town, abandoned by everyone. The weather quickly turns for the worse followed by the seasonal tides.

Fragile and coquettish, not nearly as well-prepared as a would-be Robinson Crusoe, Louise isn’t likely to make it through the winter. Yet, Louise takes her abandonment as a challenge. She’s going to survive, confronting the elements as well as her memories, which have found the perfect occasion to join in the adventure…

Biography

Born in Besancon on 14 October 1939.

It’s his dual vocation, both in graphics and in drama, as well as his defining meeting with Paul Grimault that lead Jean-François Laguionie to practice animation.

“Animated films allow me to draw together several fields that I would have liked to explore further: writing first of all, as I always start from a story; drawing next: my greatest pleasure is to do the preliminary sketches; finally drama, for the staging and the lighting.”

It is in Paul Grimault’s workshop that he makes his first three short films, using the technique of paper cut-outs, animated just in front of the camera. “With paper cut-outs you’re working without a safety net, but it’s all the more exciting. This technique enables you to feel the movements immediately, so the animator must be a bit
of a comedian himself”.

Three more self produced films will follow, and then a live movie experience. Amongst his prizes: le Grand Prix d’Annecy in 1965 for THE YOUNG LADY AND THE VIOLONCELLIST, his first short film, and the Animation Palme d’Or at the Cannes Festival in 1978 for his last one: CROSSING THE ATLANTIC IN A ROWING BOAT.

In 1981 he sets up his own studio, ‘La Fabrique’, with a small team, for the adventure of a first full feature film GWEN, THE BOOK OF SAND.

Staying away from filmmaking for several years to spend time on the management of his film production company, he returned to make two films: THE MONKEY'S CASTLE, out in 1999, and BLACKMOR ISLAND, out in 2004, a maritime adventure with a young boy as a hero looking for more than a treasure island ...

All of Jean-François Laguionie’s films are adaptations of stories or short stories he has written and that have been published.

Filmography:
2016 - LOUISE BY THE SHORE
2011 - LE TABLEAU
2003 - THE ISLAND OF BLACK MOR
1999 - THE MONKEY’S CASTLE
1984 - GWEN THE BOOK OF SAND
1978 - CROSSING THE ATLANTIC IN A ROWING BOAT
1976 - THE DEVIL’S MASK
1975 - THE ACTOR
1971 - PRIVATE BEACH
1969 - A BOMB BY CHANCE
1967 - NOAH’S ARCH
1965 - THE YOUNG LADY AND THE VIOLONCELLIST
 | 

Cast & Crew

Directed by : Jean-François Laguionie

Written by : Jean-François Laguionie

Produced by : Galilé Gauvin-Marion, Jean-Pierre Lemouland

Editor : Kara Blake

Production Design : Jean-François Laguionie

Composer : Pascal Le Pennec, Pierre Kellner

Sound Design : Sébastien Marquilly

Animation : Lionel Chauvin, Joahanna Bessière

Nominations and Awards

  • European Animated Feature Film 2017