Gwen, or the Book of Sand

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Gwen, or the Book of Sand
Gwen (Le livre de sable).jpg
Directed by Jean-François Laguionie
Written by Jean-François Laguionie
Jean-Pierre Gaspari
Starring Michel Robin
Music by Pierre Alrand
Edited by Hélène Arnal
La Fabrique
Films de da Demoiselle
Antenne 2[1]
Distributed by Gaumont
Release date
6 February 1985
Running time
67 minutes
Country France
Language French

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.[2] 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.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Gwen, ou le livre de sable". Film and TV Database. British Film Institute. Retrieved 2011-06-02. 
  2. ^ "Projection 'Gwen and the Book of Sand'". New York in French. Retrieved 2011-06-02. 

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