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Le noeud cravate

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This skilful, finely-detailed animation using puppets and animated drawings exposes the dehumanizing effects of futile work and the fading of youthful aspirations.

The Necktie is fifteen years in the life of Valentin, a faithful employee working a useless task in a dead-end job, deceived by a two-dimensional boss. He nonetheless struggles against absurdity with humanity and hope. On his 40th birthday he rediscovers an old accordion hidden in a closet and regains the joy of life.

Filmmaker Jean-François Lévesque takes a critical look at work and charmingly illustrates the power of hope.

A film without words with mixed traditional and digital techniques.

2008, 12 min 17 s

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ASIFA Special Award (International Animated Film Society– Argentinean Group) for the Best Short Animation Film
Festival Internacional de Cine para la Infancia y la Juventud
September 2 to 8 2010, Buenos Aires - Argentina

Special Mention
World Festival of Animated Films
June 1 to 6 2010, Zagreb - Croatia

Best Animated Short Film - with a cash prize of 500$
International Film Festival
November 12 to 22 2009, Denver - USA

Best Animation
Yorkton Film Festival
May 21 to 24 2009, Yorkton - Canada

Best Animation
Gala Québec Cinéma
March 29 2009, Montréal - Canada

NFB Youth Jury Award for Best Animated Short
Freeze Frame International Children Film Festival
March 5 to 15 2009, Winnipeg - Canada

"Fabrizio Bellocchio" Prize for Social Content
Int’l Festival of Animated Films / I Castelli Animati
November 26 to 30 2008, Genzano - Italy

Camério Prix du public
Carrousel international du film
September 28 to October 5 2008, Rimouski - Canada

Audience Prize for Best Canadian Short Film
Montreal World Film Festival
August 21 to September 1 2008, Montréal - Canada

Prize for Best Short Film
Montreal World Film Festival
August 21 to September 1 2008, Montréal - Canada