With around 200 productions winning awards at foreign film festivals each year, French short films often attract the lion's share of attention at international events. Whether documentaries, animated films, experimental productions, or dramas, all genres succeed in picking up prizes.
French documentaries attract, on average, twice as many spectators in international markets as in France. An omnipresent yet relatively little-known genre, French documentaries display an impressive diversity in their choice of subjects (such as sexuality, religion, ecology), as much as their form (animation, VR, and so on)
Daphné or the Lovely Specimen, which we present today, is a perfect example of this.
Co-directed by Sylvain Derosne and Sébastien Laudenbach, this film gives a voice to Daphné, a "beautiful plant that will never allow itself to be picked." Filled with fantasy and humor, this hybrid film is impossible to categorize, while achieving a perfect blend of animation and documentary.
Recently honored at the Dresden International Short Film Festival, Daphné or the Lovely Specimen has enjoyed a successful run in Canada, Italy, Austria, and Turkey.
During this time, its co-director Sébastien Laudenbach completed his debut feature film, The Girl Without Hands, which attracted notice in the ACID program at the recent Cannes Film Festival, and has been selected at Annecy this year. We hope that this film enjoys as much success as its predecessor.
You can watch Daphné free of charge until June 30 by clicking here.
(version with English subtitles available)