9 French animated films to see at Melbourne International Film Festival 2019

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The Melbourne International Film Festival 2019 starts this week and runs from 1 to 18 August. Across several articles this week, we will let you know about French films showing at Melbourne International Film Festival 2019.

First up, animated films. There are some in French and others from France but not in French. Find out more below!



Buñuel in the Labyrinth of Turtles

This absorbing animated effort tells the tale behind an inimitable cinematic talent and one of his most controversial works: avant-garde Spanish filmmaker Luis Buñuel and his 1933 short documentary Las Hurdes.



Winner of Best Feature Film at the 2018 Annecy International Animated Film Festival, and featuring the voices of Bérénice Bejo and Louis Garrel, this meticulous, hand-drawn recreation of Cambodian life under the Khmer Rouge isn’t easily forgotten.


I lost my body/J’ai perdu mon corps

A severed hand goes in search of its owner in this endlessly inventive, surprisingly moving animated adventure that won the Cannes Critics Week Grand Prix.


The Swallows of Kabul

Love in a time of tyranny: this stunning animation directed by the two-woman team of Zabou Breitman and Eléa Gobbé-Mévellec chronicles life under the Taliban, and bravely doesn’t shy away from either brutality or hope.




Accused #2: Walter Max Sisulu

South Africa’s Rivonia Trial resulted in the life sentences handed to Nelson Mandela and nine other ANC activists, including Walter Max Sisulu, but also began the long process of ending Apartheid. This VR experience places you in the courtroom as Sisulu gives his testimony.

From France, in English.


And Then The Bear/L’Heure de l’Ours

The wild can be found within.

An under-appreciated young boy finds a surprising friend in nature. That night, houses burn and grown men tremble in their boots.

Official selection Cannes 2019.

From France, no dialogue


Mr. Mare/Lidérc úr

In the dead of night, a man unknowingly births a tiny creature.

From France and Hungary. No dialogue.



Memories of a genocide overlay the site of a nondescript factory.

In the absence of a physical monument to honour those who perished, survivors of the Omarska concentration camp recollect their experiences in order to construct a memorial on film.

Special Mention at Berlinale 2019.



Are we born or made?

A traumatic and loveless childhood sets one man on a dark and disturbing journey.

From Argentina and France. No dialogue.


What’s your favourite French animated film?



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