Young Audience Program
The Painting

Directed by Jean-François Laguionie


Friday, February 7, 2020 at 11am
Followed by a Q&A with Jean-François Laguionie
Grades 3–8 • 76 min • In French with English subtitles
FIAF Florence Gould Hall

In this charming movie animated in sumptuous style, the world is an unfinished canvas populated by characters who go in search of their creator.

For mysterious reasons, the Painter has left his work incomplete—causing conflict between the Toupins (Allduns), who are entirely painted, the Pafinis (Halfies), who lack a few colors, and the Reufs (Sketchies), who are only sketches. Three friends, one of each class, go on a quest to find the artist so he can finish the piece and hopefully unite the people.

This briskly paced French production directed by Jean-François Laguionie is a feast for both the eyes and the imagination. Dealing with themes of identity and creativity it will entrance younger students and enrapture older viewers with its gorgeous animation and lively action.

Committed to creating long-lasting experiences for students, FIAF provides educators with a free study guide with detailed content about the film as well as recommended pre- and post-event activities.

Part of Animation First Festival 2020