MINUSCULE: MANDIBLES FROM FAR AWAY (Minuscule 2: les mandibules du bout du monde)

Saturday September 28 – 1:45 pm – Renoir Theatre
(Screening ends at 3:20 pm)
Followed by a conversation with Writer-Director Helene Giraud & Thomas Szabo

Los Angeles Premiere | France | 2019 | Animation | 92 min | A very few dialogues in French with English subtitles

Directed by: Hélène Giraud, Thomas Szabo
Written by: Thomas Szabo, Hélène Giraud
Cinematography: Dominique Fausset
Film Editing: Valérie Chappellet, Benjamin Massoubre
Original Score: Mathieu Lamboley
Produced by: Philippe Delarue (Futurikon)
Cast: Thierry Frémont, Bruno Salomone, Stéphane Coulon, Franck Benezech
International Sales: Futurikon

Minuscule: Mandibles From Far Away is a visually spectacular delight, blending live-action photography with virtuoso animation, and chock full of emotion, suspense, romance, a deliciously rich soundtrack, and not a single word of dialogue! A tender coming-of-age story for both children and adults, the film is a sterling example of visual storytelling at its finest. The tale begins when a young ladybug from a snowy mountain village in France gets trapped in a case of chestnut cream and is shipped off to a tropical paradise in Guadeloupe, only to confront the unknown — evil praying mantises, terrifying tarantulas, and foreboding threats to the environment itself. Luckily, the ladybug’s dad is on the case… along with an army of telecommunicating ants and a spider with a weakness for classical music. Because solidarity, tolerance and friendship will always save the day! 

The daughter of renowned French comic book artist Jean Giraud (a.k.a. Mœbius), Hélène Giraud began as a designer and art director on films like Renaissance and Luc Besson’s The Fifth Element, and on video games like Stupid Invaders; Thomas Szabo began his career as a sound editor, before directing his first animated series, Les Zinzins de l’espace, for Gaumont Multimedia. In 2006, Giraud and Szabo teamed up to create the internationally-acclaimed Minuscule: La Vie privée des insectes animated TV series for Futurikon. In 2012, the pair adapted that universe to the big screen, co-writing and co-directing Minuscule: Valley of the Lost Ants. That film garnered numerous awards, nabbing the César for Best Animated Feature and was chosen to represent France in that year’s Oscars and BAFTA Awards. Minuscule: Mandibles From Far Away is their second feature.


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WIF (Women In Films)

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