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Florence Miailhe. Animation Master

Florence Miailhe. The screen as a canvas

Florence M.

The animated paintings of Florence Miailhe (Paris, 1956) reveal a world of her own where so-called magic realism reigns, influenced by Latin American readings, family memory and echoes of stories and myths. The technique of oil on glass and animated sand in her films gives us a synaesthesiatic cinema that captivates all the senses. The film Le Mystère Picasso (Clouzot, 1956), in which the Malaga artist paints on glass or paper, showed us the magnitude that the big screen can give the creative process. Miailhe’s strokes of vivid colours, filmed frame by frame in the solitude of her studio, acquire a similar strength. With her devoted collaborators (notably the scriptwriter Marie Desplechin and the musician Denis Colin) she has completed up to nine shorts made by hand, some as extraordinary as Au premier dimanche d’août (awarded the César in 2002) and Conte de quartier (Jury Special Mention Award at the Cannes Festival in 2006). These and other titles reveal the accidents of painting itself, trial and error, the sensuality of the material and the drifts of the figurative towards the abstract. Added to all this emotion is the mind of a filmmaker who has understood the magic of movement and the power of sound and masterfully orchestrates all the elements within her reach. Her determination to use such uncommon techniques not only opened the doors of major TV channels, such as Canal Plus and Arte, but earned her, among other awards, the Cristal d’honneur at the Annecy Festival in 2015.

Florence Miailhe is coming to Lleida with her latest project, as yet unfinished, La Traversée, which will be her first feature film. She has invested the last ten years of her life in this ambitious European coproduction (Czech Republic, Germany and France) in which she explores memory linked to the important theme of emigration. Animac congratulates and appreciates the presence of this outstanding filmmaker and teacher whose work today is a source of inspiration for young talent all over the world.

Carolina López


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