With the announcement of the Cannes Film Festival Critics’ Week selections, Jérémy Clapin’s feature directorial debut I Lost My Body (J’ai perdu mon corps) will premiere as the lone bastion of animation in the selective sidebar. Produced by Marc du Pontavice at acclaimed French studio Xilam Animation, the adaptation of Guillaum Laurant’s Happy Hand generated a lot of buzz at Cartoon Movie earlier this spring.
Clapin previously made the Critics’ Week list with his César-nominated short Skhizein (2008), which won the Cannes Discovery Award as well as the Annecy Audience Award, Best French Animation at Clermont-Ferrand, and Best Animated Short honors from Chicago Int’l Film Festival, Los Angeles Film Festival and Hiroshima Animation Festival. He is also the director of lauded shorts Palmipedarium (2012) and his first film Backbone Tale (2004).
Synopsis: A cut-off hand escapes from a dissection lab with one crucial goal: to get back to its body. As it scrambles through the pitfalls of Paris, it remembers its life with the young man it was once attached to… until they met Gabrielle.
The screenplay is by Jérémy Clapin and Guillaume Laurant. The voice cast is led by Hakim Faris, Victoire Du Bois and Patrick D’Assumçao. Dan Levy composed the music.
I Lost My Body was co-produced by Rhone-Alpes Cinema; Charade is handling international sales.