The Girl Without Hands

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France | 2016 | 76 minutes | Sébastien Laudenbach

La jeune fille sans mains

Adapting a lesser-known fairy tale from the Brothers Grimm, French animator Sébastien Laudenbach uses an elegant, minimalist, and hand-crafted painterly style to tell the legend of a girl who is sold to the Devil, then loses her hands when she attempts to escape.

"A haunting minimalist fairy tale for all ages"Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter

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The Brothers Grimm are known worldwide for bringing fairy tales such as "Cinderella" and "The Frog Prince" to life in the pages of their books. But one of their lesser-known stories caught the eye of French director Sébastien Laudenbach. Known for his work in animated short films such as Regarder Oana (2009) and Vasco (2010), he was drawn to the Grimms' story of the miller's daughter. After she is sold to the Devil to help her family during hard times, she manages to escape—but at the cost of her hands. Her journey to understand and work through what's happened during the remainder of her life is depicted in this three-act version of the tale. Laudenbach uses a simple animation method to recreate this story, but the emotion that explodes across the screen in the film's delicate colors and soft drawings evokes the ambience of the Grimm original. The brushstroke technique in the animation gives The Girl Without Hands a painterly, Impressionist elegance, in a nod toward the director's French heritage.

Director Biography

Illustrator-turned-filmmaker Sébastien Laudenbach has built an impressive repertoire of moving animated shorts. The Girl Without Hands is the French filmmaker's first feature-length film.

Sponsored by The Art Institute of Seattle, Movin' 92.5

  • Director: Sébastien Laudenbach
  • Principal Cast: Voices: Anaïs Demoustier, Jéremie Elkaïm, Philippe Laudenbach, Olivier Broche
  • Premiere Status: Seattle
  • Country: France
  • Year: 2016
  • Running Time: 76 minutes
  • Producer: Jean-Christophe Soulageon
  • Screenplay: Sébastien Laudenbach
  • Cinematographers: Sébastien Laudenbach
  • Editors: Santi Minasi, Sébastien Laudenbach
  • Music: Olivier Mellano
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Awards: Annecy Film Festival 2016 (Jury Distinction), Tokyo Anime Festival 2017 (Grand Prize)
  • Filmography: Debut Feature Film
  • Language: French
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • US Distributor: GKids
  • International Sales: Pyramide International