Gwen, or the Book of Sand
|Gwen, or the Book of Sand|
|Directed by||Jean-François Laguionie|
|Written by||Jean-François Laguionie
|Music by||Pierre Alrand|
|Edited by||Hélène Arnal|
|6 February 1985|
Gwen, or the Book of Sand (French: Gwen, ou le livre de sable) is a 1985 French animated science fiction film written and directed by Jean-François Laguionie, using gouache. It is alternatively known as Gwen, Gwen and the Book of Sand, Gwen, the Book of Sand and similar variations.
Gwen is a young girl adopted by a nomad tribe in a desert post-apocalyptic world. In the desert, where only few animals, like ostriches or scorpions, can survive, a mysterious entity regularly drops gigantic replicas of everyday life objects from our world, such as bags, telephones, clocks and armchairs. When a young boy, Gwen's friend, is kidnapped by said entity, Gwen and an old woman called Roseline start on a trip to bring him back. They eventually encounter other people living in an isolated city and preserving remains of the old civilisation in strange ways.
- Michel Robin as Roseline
- Lorella Di Cicco as Gwen
- Armand Babel as first twin
- Raymond Jourdan as second twin
- Saïd Amadis as nomad
- Bertrand Bautheac as nomad
- Jacques Bourier as nomad
The film won the Grand Prix de la critique at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival, and the feature-length film award in the Los Angeles festival.
- Cinema of France
- History of French animation
- List of animated feature films
- List of science-fiction films of the 1980s
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