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Attila Marcel

France | 2013 | 106 minutes | Sylvain Chomet

Oscar®-nominated director Sylvain Chomet (The Triplets of Belleville, The Illusionist) makes his live-action debut in this effervescent, musical, candy-colored charmer about a mute piano prodigy unlocking his repressed childhood memories.

May 16, 2014
SIFF Cinema Uptown Festival  
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French writer-director Sylvain Chomet (The Triplets of Belleville, The Illusionist) makes an effortless transition from animation to live action with Attila Marcel, a whimsical tale about a young piano virtuoso, his smothering aunts, and a magical brew from a very odd neighbor. Thirty-something Paul lives a sheltered, shy existence. He spends his days playing piano and being taken care of by his two overbearing aunts. But when an eccentric neighbor offers Paul a hallucinogenic herbal brew, he unlocks his buried childhood memories and the great mystery of his life: what really happened to his parents. Full of music, dance sequences, and colorful production design, Attila Marcel echoes the work of Chomet’s visionary contemporaries Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Michel Gondry, with a strong dose of legendary Jacques Tati’s influence for good measure. César nominated Guillaume Gouix makes a splendid turn as both the man-child Paul and as Paul’s father, the titular Attila, in flashbacks. This charming, feel-good film is an unforgettable delight.

Director Biography

Sylvain Chomet is a French comic artist and filmmaker best known for the Oscar®-nominated animated films The Triplets of Belleville (2003) and The Illusionist (2010). In 1988, Chomet moved to London to work on animation and the creation of print comics, and eventually formed an animation studio in Edinburgh, Scotland called Django Films. In 2005 his work was included in the collective feature Paris Je T'aime along with directors Gus Van Sant, the Coen Brothers, and Alfonso Cuaron.

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Director: Sylvain Chomet
Principal Cast: Guillaume Gouix, Anne Le Ny, Bernadette Lafont, Hélène Vincent, Luis Rego
Country: France
Year: 2013
Running Time: 106 minutes
Producer: Claudie Ossard, Chris Bolzli
Screenplay: Sylvain Chomet
Cinematographers: Antoine Roch
Editors: Simon Jacquet
Music: Sylvain Chomet, Franck Monbaylet
Website: Official Film Website
Filmography: The Illusionist (2010); Paris, Je T’aime (2006); The Triplets of Belleville (2003)
Language: French
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Format: DCP
International Sales: Pathe International
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