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L'homme sans ombre

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Why bother dragging around one's shadow? A man agrees to a pact with a magician and swaps his shadow for riches. He soon discovers that the absence of a shadow can be a humiliating handicap. After fleeing to the far corners of the earth, he ends up in Bali, in a theatre of shadow puppets, where he discovers the true worth of shadows.

Swiss filmmaker Georges Schwizgebel animates this adaptation of Adelbert von Chamisso's The Strange Story of Peter Schlemil (1814), a fantastic tale inspired by Goethe's Faust. His film L'homme sans ombre is a reflection upon human nature and an allegory celebrating the magic of performance. Virtuoso Georges Schwizgebel's images are wonderfully mobile and textured, his composition formally elegant. (Each cel is freshly repainted with the characters and settings.) He is a master conjurer whose images become a bewitching choreography. The animator's eye guides the painter's hand, and vice versa. A film without words.

2004, 09 min 35 s

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Gemeaux for Best Animated Program or Series
Prix Gémeaux
December 9 2006, Montréal - Canada

Special Prize of the Jury / FICE Award - with a cash prize of 1,000Euros & 10 new 35mm prints.
Archipelago - International Festival of Short Films and New Images
June 16 to 22 2006, Rome - Italy

Best Animated Film or Video Award - NFB Kids Prize (for all ages)
Reel to Real International Film Festival for Youth and Families
February 28 to March 9 2006, Vancouver - Canada

Special Award for Best Film's Music
Krok International Animated Film Festival
September 19 to October 2 2005, Kiev - Ukraine

Special Distinction of Professional Short Film Section - with a cash prize of 5,000,000won (5,935$ Cdn approx.)
International Cartoon & Animation Festival (SICAF)
August 11 to 16 2005, Seoul - Korea

Award from Professional Jury - Competition 3 (12 years old and +)
Plein la bobine - Festival de Cinéma Jeunes Publics
June 14 to 19 2005, Paris - France

Golden Sheaf Award - Category: Best Animation
Yorkton Film Festival
May 26 to 29 2005, Yorkton - Canada

Moondance Gaia Award
Moondance Film Festival
May 12 to 15 2005, Boulder - USA

Special Prize of the Festival Director
International Animation Festival
March 6 to 10 2005, Tehran - Iran

Special Mention
International Festival of Documentary and Short Film - (Zinebi)
November 29 to December 4 2004, Bilbao - Spain

Prize José Abel for Best animation of an European director
International Animated Film Festival / CINANIMA
November 8 to 14 2004, Espinho - Portugal

Award - AnyZone Competition
Holland Animation Film Festival
November 3 to 7 2004, Utrecht - Netherlands

Kodak Award
Festival tous écrans
October 29 to November 7 2004, Geneva - Switzerland

Special Jury Prize
International Film Festival
October 22 to 30 2004, Valladolid - Spain

Bayard d'Or for best original music to Judith Gruber Stitzer - with a cash prize of 2,500Euros
Festival international du film francophone
September 24 to October 1 2004, Namur - Belgium

Special Jury Prize
International Animation Festival
August 19 to 23 2004, Hiroshima - Japan

Award given by the Jury of the Partner Festival Krok, Ukraine
World Festival of Animated Films
June 14 to 19 2004, Zagreb - Croatia

Award at the discretion of the Jury for film with outstanding qualities
World Festival of Animated Films
June 14 to 19 2004, Zagreb - Croatia

Regards Jeunes Award - given by a young french speaking cinephiles Jury
International Film Festival
May 12 to 23 2004, Cannes - France

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