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L'Illusionniste / The Illusionist
Film d'animation / Animation feature film
Sylvain Chomet (2010)
Written by Sylvain Chomet and Jacques Tati

Jacques Tati originally wrote the script for The Illusionist. It was a love letter from a father to his first daughter, but never got produced. Sylvain Chomet, director of The Triplets of Belleville / Les Triplettes de Belleville, adapted the script and once again used his own original animated style.

Official Selection: 2010 Berlin International Film Festival
Official Selection: 2010 Toronto International Film Festival
Opening Night: 2010 Edinburgh International Film Festival
Academy Award. Animated Feature, nominated (last 3)
César Academy, winner.

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Sylvain Chomet (Les Triplettes de Belleville, L'Illusionniste) did a couch gag on The Simpsons and it’s exactly what you’d expect.

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Jonathan Meville of The Scotsman wrote: “Edinburgh’s skyline has never looked so good, and if the city didn’t exist it would be hard to believe somewhere so beautiful was real: if locals aren’t inspired to take a walk up North Bridge or down Victoria Street after this, they never will be.”

Stills from L'Illusionniste, The Illusionist. Academy Award nominee.

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L’Illusionniste / The Illusionist
Film d’animation / Animation feature film
Sylvain Chomet (2010)
Written by Sylvain Chomet and Jacques Tati

Jacques Tati originally wrote the script for The Illusionist. It was a love letter from a father to his first daughter, but never got produced. Sylvain Chomet, director of The Triplets of Belleville / Les Triplettes de Belleville, adapted the script and once again used his own original animated style.

Official Selection: 2010 Berlin International Film Festival
Official Selection: 2010 Toronto International Film Festival
Opening Night: 2010 Edinburgh International Film Festival
Academy Award. Animated Feature, nominated (last 3)
César Academy, winner.

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L’Illusionniste / The Illusionist
Animation feature film, Sylvain Chomet (2010)
Written by Sylvain Chomet and Jacques Tati

Jacques Tatioriginally wrote the script for The Illusionist. It was a love letter from a father to his first daughter, but never got produced. Sylvain Chomet, director of The Triplets of Belleville / Les Triplettes de Belleville, adapted the script and once again used his own original animated style.

Watch the short/park scene HERE

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L’Illusionniste / The Illusionist
Animation feature film, Sylvain Chomet (2010)
Written by Sylvain Chomet and Jacques Tati

Jacques Tatioriginally wrote the script for The Illusionist. It was a love letter from a father to his first daughter, but never got produced. Sylvain Chomet, director of The Triplets of Belleville / Les Triplettes de Belleville, adapted the script and once again used his own original animated style.

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Arthur’s Seat in Edinburgh

Arthur’s Seat is the main peak of the group of hills in Scotland which form most of Holyrood Park, described by Robert Louis Stevenson as “a hill for magnitude, a mountain in virtue of its bold design”

Stills:
1/ L'Illusionniste, 2010, by Sylvain Chomet
2/ One Day, 2011, Anne Hathaway, Jim Sturgess, by Lone Scherfig

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The Guardian on L’Illusionniste (Chomet, 2010):

“Simply being an animation, and an old-style animation, is a great effect. The Illusionist is like a seance that brings to life scenes from the 1950s with eerie directness, in a way that glitzy digital animation or live-action period location work could somehow never do. Something in the unassuming simplicity of the composition allows the viewer to engage directly with the world being conjured up. This is, after all, a film for which the 1950s is the present-day. The visions of the old King’s Cross railway station in London, or the old boat-train, or Edinburgh with its lonely seaside-cry of seagulls, are all weirdly like a remembered dream of a fictional childhood. Everything is paradoxically, vividly present.“