The Girl Without Hands
Directed by Sébastian Laudenbach • Animation • With Anaïs Demoustier, Jérémie Elkaïm, Philippe Laudenbach, Sacha Bourdo, Olivier Broche, Françoise Lebrun • 2016 • 76 minutes
In this audacious feature debut, acclaimed short filmmaker Sébastien Laudenbach renders a classic Brothers Grimm story with evocative, textured brushstrokes. During hard times, a miller foolishly sells his daughter to the Devil who deprives her of her hands. So begins her long journey towards happiness and survival … but in spite of her resilience and protection on a prince’s estate, the Devil still has a plan of his own. THE GIRL WITHOUT HANDS premiered in the ACID section at Cannes, was nominated for Best Animated Feature at the César Awards, and won both the Jury Prize and the award for Best French Film at the Annecy Animation Festival.