Mourir auprès de toi (2011)
If you need a preamble then this is a Spike Jonze short using cut out animation called Mourir Auprès de Toi (To Die By Your Side) and it was made with Simon Cahn, whose work you can find here.
It’s just lovely.
Bad Ass Digest found this and shone a light on it for us and that’s enough reason to send them some kind of cake or something.
Spike is back with an outstanding short film; Mourir Aupres De Toi (To Die Before Your Side) which was created with director Simon Cahn. If you are fan of literature, French themes, animation and love stories, then this short film will be right up your alley.
The short begins in a delightful Parisian bookstore ‘Shakespeare and Company.’ The building’s interior is romantically lit and as a shopkeeper tidies up for the day, only the books are left in light. A magical adventure ensues.
The film really is a showcase of how perfectly executed sound design can make a good film, a great film. The
The film was co-directed by Simon Cahn and "created" by French designer Olympia Le-Tan, who makes the felt book covers that inspired the animation. Jonze apparently asked Le-Tan for a piece, and she agreed on the condition that he make a film as the payment for it. 3,000 pieces of felt later...
Spike Jonze: Mourir Auprès de Toi on Nowness.com.
The short definitely has Jonze's trademark combination of peculiar beauty and low-brow humor. Old Paris bookshops and oral sex jokes; I love it.
This is Jonze's second awesome short of the year,
We guarantee you've never quite seen a short film like this, which is animated entirely using 2-D handcrafted felt puppets designed by Olympia Le-Tan, who also wrote the script. Olympia has specialized in making book cover reproductions using this style.
Shot at France's Shakespeare and Company bookstore, the initial live-action segment features her father, Pierre Le-Tan whom movie fans may recognize as the illustrator for the covers of several Whit Stillman DVDs on the Criterion Collection, such as "Metropolitan" and "Last Days of Disco."
Jonze himself voices Macbeth, and French singer Soko lends her voice to Harker as well as
"A collaboration between Jonze ('Being John Malkovich,' 'Adaptation,' 'Where the Wild Things Are') French designer Olympia Le-Tan and filmmaker Simon Cahn, the whimsical, humorous and poignant 'Mourir Auprès de Toi' was inspired by Ms. Le-Tan's accessory designs-embroidered felt adaptations of first editions of classic books. 'I just loved them and loved the world she was making,' Mr. Jonze explained "So I asked if I could have one. And she said yeah, if you want to make a film for it.
As noted last week, with support from the 4+1 Film Festival, we're celebrating the 50th anniversary of Critics' Week with a free retrospective of some of the greatest films screened over the past 50 editions. What follows is a roundup of what the critics are saying about the films screening this year.
"Jonathan Caouette's film Tarnation — created for $300 (£185) on his iMac out of old Super 8 videos and family photos — created a stir at Cannes in 2004 for its original visual language," begins Charlotte Higgins in the Guardian. "In his latest he returns to Tarnation's material: his rich but intensely difficult family life. At the heart of Walk Away Renée is a road trip he takes with his mother, Renée, from Houston to New York State, as he helps her transfer from one assisted-living facility to another. Renée, who received electric shock therapy from the age