Written by Clémence Madeleine-Perdrillat
Directed by Nathaniel H’Limi & Clémence Madeleine-Perdrillat
November 2015. Violette’s parents are killed in the Paris terror attacks. She is sent to live with her uncle, a gruff man she hardly knows, who is a caretaker at the Versailles chateau. Little does Violette realize that in this intimidating place she will find unexpected refuge and a new family.
ABOUT THE DIRECTORS :
Clémence Madeleine-Perdrillat :
Clémence grew up in Paris. She first got into writing after graduating from her modern literature studies. She decided to focus on screenwriting and joined the group « indélébiles ». She directed multiple short films, first La promenade de Noé with the G.R.E.C., then Bal de nuit, Le cowboy de Normandie, which she wrote and directed for the Boris Vian’s collection on France Télévision, and Gigot Bitume in 2016. La vie de château is her first collaboration with Nathaniel H’limi.
Now, Clémence is working as a screenwriter for Valérie Donzelli, Jessica Palud, Olivier Rosemberg and Jan Czarlewski. She’s also developing her first feature film, Le souffle coupé.
Nathaniel H’Limi :
When he was a child, Nathaniel wanted to become an inventor, but he was better at drawing than at doing maths … His teachers naturally recommended him to an art school, where he learned to invent stories, and above everything else, to find creative ways to tell them. Graduated from the Fine Arts School in 2009, he directed clips using stop-motion and worked as an art director (for Nike, Leboncoin, Peugeot …) in parallel.
In 2013, Nathaniel started to travel around the world with his paintbrushes and his sketch books. He lived in Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Australia, and focused on sketching and exploring. Two years later, he came back to France, decided to draw stories. This passion for travels inspired his series of drawings, Bivouac, as well as his illustrations for the magazine Long cours.
In 2016, he won a France television call for projects with Clémence Madeleine-Perdrillat and co-directed his first animated film : My Life in Versailles, a 26 minutes short. This film’s success encouraged Nathaniel and Clémence to pursue their adventure by directing a 5×16’’ episodes series, now in development.
Set directors : Barbara Weber Boustani
Animation Chief : Nicolas Hu
Editing : Thomas Belair
Sound editing : Anne-Sophie Coste
With the voices of Charlotte Rampling, Saul Jephcott, David Coburn, Jemma Wilcox, Owen de la Hoyde and Margeaux Lampley
Music composed by Albin de la Simone
SUPPORTED BY :
TV special pre-sale to France Télévisions, RTBF & TV5 Monde
Thanks to the support of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, la Drôme, Valence Romans Agglo, la Nouvelle-Aquitaine, la Charente, Pôle Image Magelis, the CNC and of Procirep-Angoa.
Premiere at Annecy International Animation Film Festival : jury award for TV production
Grenoble Outdoor Short Film Festival : young audience award
Chicago International Children’s Film Festival : children jury first prize for TV animated films and professional jury first prize for TV animated films
International Kids Film Festival Delhi : Best animated short 14+
Conversano International Animated Film Festival Imaginaria : Best animated short film for kids
Erevan ReAnimania Festival : Best TV & educational film
IndieLisboa : young audience first prize
Namur Francophone Film Festival
Cordoba International Animation Festival
Brest European Short Film Festival
Amsterdam CINEKID Festival
Sarlat Film Festival
Rennes Short Film Festival
Apchat One Country One Film Festival
Vélizy Villacoublarg Festival
Montréal New Cinema Festival
Acadie Francophone Cinema Festival
Troyes International Short Film Festival