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Spike Jonze's stop-motion short film features passionate felt sex

  • Nerve
No, I did not mean to say that Spike Jonze's new short film, Mourir Auprès de Toi ("To Die By Your Side"), features "passionately felt" sex. I meant the noun "felt": the material your kindergarten teacher would use to make a storyboard teaching you to wash your hands (or the fabric you stole from your mother's craft-bin just to pull it apart because you liked to pretend you were the strongest woman alive). The stop-motion short includes 3,000 pieces of animated felt, two of which get rather frisky rather fast.  The film uses the famed Shakespeare and Company, a bookshop on Paris' Left Bank (and former Hemingway stomping ground), as its backdrop. Mourir Auprès de Toi centers around two smitten book illustrations, a skeleton and a women, who detach from their covers in order to form a narrative all their [...]
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Spike Jonze Made an Animated Short and it’s Wonderful

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If the title alone hasn’t made your eyes and cursor dash to the video player below this text then to quote Mrs Landingham, “Well gosh, Jed, I don’t even wanna know you.”

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.
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Spike Jonze Has A New Short Film: Mourir Auprès de Toi

Director Spike Jonze is known for a lot of things. Whether it’s very well thought out and executed skateboarding videos, his work on Jackass or more recently his feature Where The Wild Things Are, Jonze always manages to deliver an exceptional quality of work.

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
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Short Film Of The Day: Spike Jonze’s Stop-Motion Romance ‘Mourir Auprès de Toi’

Why Watch? It’s from Spike Jonze. There’s no reason you should need to know more about it, but in case you’re curious, this inventive short film (which channels a few of the old Merry Melodies shorts set in libraries) was born out of a partnership between Jonze and artist/purse designer Olympia Le-Tan. With co-director Simon Cahn, Jonze tells the stop-motion story of a skeleton and a young woman from the covers of two famous novels, falling in love and getting into trouble. Vibrant and sweet, it’s a must-see. What does it cost? Just 7 minutes of your time. Check out Mourir Auprès de Toi for yourself: Mourir Aupres De Toi (2011) Spike Jonze: Mourir Auprès de Toi on Nowness.com. Trust us. You have time for more short films. And now, for you other filmmakers out there, a word from our sponsor:
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Watch: Spike Jonze's Stop-Motion Animated Short 'To Die By Your Side'

We've featured several short films from director Spike Jonze before like his love story I'm Here, and Scenes from the Suburbs, a collaboration with the band Arcade Fire. Now we have yet another spectacular short film from the filmmaker who brought us such films as Adaptation and Being John Malkovich. Titled Mourir Auprès de Toi (To Die By Your Side), the lovely stop-motion animated short was co-directed with Simon Cahn and is based partly on the work of fashion designer Olympia Le-Tan complete with cut-felt characters that come to life from book covers from the Shakespeare & Company bookshop in Paris. Here's Spike Jonze's Mourir Auprès de Toi (To Die By Your Side) from Nowness (via The Playlist): Whimsical, peculiar and generally charming, this is yet another great notch on Jonze's filmmaking belt and the filmmaker says, "For this one the feeling definitely started with the handmade aesthetic and
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Spike Jonze Short Film Shows Animated Literary Character Punching A Whale

It.s remarkable that since his career launched somewhere around 1991, the prolific Spike Jonze has only directed three feature films. I still say .prolific. because the man is a whirlwind when it comes to cranking out short films, music videos, skateboard videos and assorted side projects. His latest, a short he co-directs with Simon Cahn, can be seen on Nowness.com. We have it here: Set in a Parisian bookstore after hours, the short is a sort of Toy Story for novels, where the inhabitants of some classic works come to life once the shopkeeper has left for the night. It.s titled Mourir Auprès de Toi (To Die By Your Side), and it.s far more surreal and tragic than any Pixar work. It is inspired by designer Olympia Le-Tan's handbags, believe it or not, and is far more sentimental than Jonze.s Where the Wild Things Are.
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See Stop Motion Short ‘Mourir Auprès de Toi’ Co-Directed by Spike Jonze

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See Stop Motion Short ‘Mourir Auprès de Toi’ Co-Directed by Spike Jonze
It's been months since we heard anything about Mourir Auprès de Toi (To Die By Your Side), the stop-motion animated short film that Spike Jonze co-directed with Simon Cahn, based in part on the work of fashion designer Olympia Le-Tan. The short features cut-felt characters animated as if they've come alive from the covers of books on a shelf; the setting is the famed Shakespeareand Company [1] bookshop that sits on the south side of the river Seine in Paris, right by Notre Dame. The short is a gorgeous little piece of work; it is pretty and sad and completely absurd. You can see it in full after the break. (Note that it is also vaguely Nsfw due to some, uh, skeleton sex.) Jonze says of the short, I met Olympia in Paris through friends of mine. She was just starting to make the bags for her friends. She had a
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Watch Spike Jonze's new stop motion short film

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Watch Spike Jonze's new stop motion short film
Via Vulture, here's your chance to see "Mourir Auprès de Toi" ("To Die By Your Side"), the new film from "Being John Malkovich" and "Where the Wild Things Are" Spike Jonze. After premiering at Cannes' Critics Week and playing earlier this summer at the IFC Center in New York, Jonze's stop motion short found an online home at Nowness.com.

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,
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Spike Jonze Directs a Heart-Felt Short

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Here's a rather, um, life-affirming little short by "Where the Wild Things Are" helmer Spike Jonze, in which the skeleton of Macbeth tears himself off the cover of his own book to jump the bones (literally) of Mina Harker on the cover of "Dracula." Complications ensue, Herman Melville is involved.

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
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Watch The Making Of Spike Jonze's New Short Film

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Watch The Making Of Spike Jonze's New Short Film
Heads up, Spike Jonze fans. Fresh from its premiere at Critics Week at Cannes, Jonze's new short film -- "Mourir Auprès de Toi" -- premieres this Friday at the IFC Center in New York. The short will play before every regular feature at the theater for two weeks. Here is a little background on the project and a plot description from the press release:

"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.
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Cannes 2011. Critics' Week

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Updated through 5/21 — with awards announcements.

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
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