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The Girl Without Hands La jeune fille sans mains

Se?bastien Laudenbach / France / 2016 / 76 min / French

In hard times, a miller sells his daughter to the Devil. Protected by her purity, she escapes but is deprived of her hands. Walking away from her family, she encounters the goddess of water, a gentle gardener and the prince in his castle. A long journey towards the light... but in spite of her resilience and the new protection of the handsome prince’s estate, the Devil devises a plan of his own.

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"I drew the film from the beginning to the end, without any line testing, so without seeing the results. Only at the end of the first month I shot the first sequences to see if the style worked, to see if it was okay for me. For the rest of the residency that I had in Italy, I drew and drew and drew… It was insane.

This way of making an animation film, I think it’s visible in the end. Because it’s very much based on sketch, the movement of the hand. There is a kind of energy. Also I worked with music on; I was in a kind of trance. Different kinds of music – like electro pop music, French bands like Sexy Sushi. Each day I began with this song ‘Je Refuse De Travailler’, which means, “I refuse to work”.
- Sébastien Laudenbach

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