A Jury Award winner at FilmOneFest in 2014, “Le General” is a CG short by French artist and filmmaker Juliette Grandjonc. This fresh take on the animated short shares the eccentric whimsy and pastoral beauty of other French animation films, including 2009’s Panique au village (A Town Called Panic), while offering a new, heartfelt perspective on recovery and healing.
After watching the short, be sure to check out excerpts from FilmOneFest’s exclusive interview with Juliette Grandjonc below.
Grandjonc’s description of “Le General” and thoughts on FilmOneFest:
“I created this short movie in 2012 while I was studying CG at French school Supinfocom. It is a poetic story about a very headstrong farmer who decides to bring back life on the dead battlefield after World War I. He finds a forgotten and traumatized soldier in the ground, and tries to save him. I am really enthusiastic about taking part in this festival; as a young french CG artist it will be a worldwide opening for my work. But most of all, FilmOneFest is a great opportunity to discover new short-movies and exchange with others artists from all around the globe.”
On what excites her about her submission to FilmOneFest:
“When I first started to think about this one minute movie, I was reading my great-grandfather’s letters. He died during World War I, that has been my main inspiration for this project.
WWI was the first industrial war as far as we know, and also the first time that post traumatic war symptoms were considered. I decided to tell a story about solidarity, hope and reconciliation, against war fatality. My approach was to spread the idea that we can build good things and friendship even after such terrible events. Also year 2014 is the Centenary commemorations of this war, it is important to remember and think again about peace and fraternity between people.”
On the possibilities of one-minute films:
“Making a one minute movie is a very hard and exciting job. I loved it because I had to demonstrate my personal belief in the most efficient way, using my artistic inspiration and ambition. It was about delivering a concentrate of myself in a very short production time, which was great because since I am no longer a student, it is really hard to find time for personal work. So I would say this medium gave me the opportunity to direct a creative and personal project from A to Z, which is something really hard to reach when you are on the work market.”
On her influences and inspirations:
“I’ve always loved drawing and inventing story. Animation movies stimulate my imagination and my curiosity through the very wide range of artistic techniques and directions they use to tell differents stories, from “The Man Who Planted Trees” by Frédéric Back to Walt Disney movies. So I’ve been naturally driven to study animation, telling stories, and stir people’s imaginations. Committing myself to a creative process enriches my days and makes them fulfilling.”
(Interview originally published by FilmOneFest in July 2014)