Work in Progress
Le Petit Nicolas
Conversation with co-directors Benjamin Massoubre in person and Amandine Fredon live and online
In Person: Saturday, February 12, 2022
Moderated by Delphine Selles-Alvarez, FIAF curator
Director Benjamin Massoubre presents the creative process behind the forthcoming feature Little Nicholas, based on the eponymous book series about a little boy. Little Nicholas has enchanted generations of French children and adults since the 1960s. Massoubre will be joined, live from France, by co-director Amandine Fredon.
A film that promises to be visually rich and fascinating, Massoubre’s and Fredon’s Little Nicholas alternates between the lives of their creators, René Goscinny et Jean-Jacques Sempé, and stories of Little Nicholas. Working from a studio located between Montmatre and Saint-Germain-des-Prés, the two men imagined a dream childhood for their beloved character.
About Benjamin Massoubre
He earned his stripes as a film editor.
He worked on such films as I Lost my Body (Jérémy Clapin – Animation First 2020), Calamity Jane and Long Way North (Rémi Chayé – Animation First 2021), the TV series Iron Man: Armored Adventures, and, more recently, The Summit of the Gods (Patrick Imbert – Animation First 2022) and Little Vampire (Joan Sfar – Animation First 2022).In 2020 he was nominated for an Eddie by the American Cinema Editors for his work on I Lost my Body. Little Nicholas is his first film as a director.
About Amandine Fredon
Amandine Fredon is a film director and screenwriter.
After studying advertising, she joined the Ecole de la Poudrière and studied drawing and cinema. She directed the short film Le Trésor du têtard salé, which earned her the Special Jury Prize (student film category) at the Annecy Festival in 2003. For the past ten years she has worked at Folimage studio in Valences, France, on different productions such as the TV series Hilltop Hospital, and the films Raining Cats and Frogs, Mia and the Migoo and A Cat in Paris.