Madame Wows Cannes Critics

The animated short Madame Tutli-Putli from The National Film Board of Canada picked up two major awards during the 46th International Critics’ Week in Cannes. The avant-garde, stop-motion film from directors Chris Lavis and Maciek Szczerbowski of Montreal won the Canal + Award for Best Short Film and the Petit Rail d’Or for Best Short Film. Meanwhile, Sony Classic’s animated feature Persepolis, based on the graphic novel by Marjane Satrapi, won the Special Jury Award over all live-action movies competing at the fest.

Madame Tutli-Putli takes the viewer on an existential journey when the title character boards the night train, weighed down with all her earthly possessions and the ghosts of her past. Producer Marcy Page and exec producer David Verrall have both worked on numerous NFB productions, most recently the Oscar-winning shorts Ryan from director Chris Landreth and The Danish Poet by Torill Kove.

Winning the Canal + Award means that Madame Tutli-Putli will be broadcast on the major French network and that the directors will be invited to the Moulin d’And’, a historical monument and artists’ retreat. The filmmakers will also receive ’6,000 ($8,085) worth of equipment from Panavision Alga Techno for use on their next film. Le Petit Rail d’Or is awarded by a group of a hundred cinephile railwaymen and reflects audience appreciation.

Madame Tulti-Putli will next screen at the Annecy Animation Film Festival (June 11-16), and will also have its North American premiere at the Worldwide Shorts Festival in Toronto (June 12-17). In addition, the film will be part of the International Critics’ Week tour and will be screened in Rome, Paris, Beirut and Mexico. Go to www.nfb.ca/tutliputli to see the trailer and learn more about the film.

Persepolis is directed by Vincent Paronnaud and Marjane Satrapi, and is a production of 2.4.7. Film, France 3 and Kennedy/Marshal. Featuring the voices of Catherine Deneuve and Gena Rowlands, the film offers a first-hand account of growing up during the 1970s Islamic Revolution, as told by an outspoken Iranian girl. More info on the movie can be found at www.sonyclassics.com/persepolis.