Young Audience Program
The Painting

Directed by Jean-François Laguionie

Friday, June 11 – Friday, June 18
Online Screening
Grades 4 & up • 80 min • In French with English subtitles • Free

Thursday, June 17 at 11am
Virtual Workshop

Grades 4 & up • 45 min • In English • Free

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.

About the Workshop

Committed to creating memorable experiences for students, FIAF will organize 45-minute interactive workshops on Zoom with fun activities designed to help students delve deeper into the film. Lead by French actor and educator Rémy Souchon, this workshop will give kids the opportunity to learn more about animation and French culture in general through participatory quizzes and a lesson in how to make a voiceover.

Rémy Souchon

Rémy Souchon is an actor and educator from Lyon, France.

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    • Graduating with a performing arts Bachelor’s degree, and a major in Cinema studies, he started his career as a drama teacher and as a standup actor, winning several national festivals all over the country. In 2006, he launched his own drama school and theater company, and wrote, directed, and acted in several shows, kids shows and comedies (« L’Histoire du cinéma en 1H10 pétante »). Also a video game and TV writer, he’s been living in New York City for 3 years where he still acts, directs, and writes for off-Broadway companies. He is also continuing his work as a playwright for a French theater company. His passion for teaching and the French language led him to FIAF where he has been a French instructor since 2018.