Eloise, little dreamer (short)


  • Animation Film, Canada, QUEBEC
  • TITLE: Eloise little dreamer; Éloïse, petite rêveuse 
  • Director: Myriam L. Obin
  • Time: 4 minutes
  • Genre: Fantastic, Political
  • Medium: Hand drawn animation film
  • Year of creation: 2014-2015
  • University: Concordia, (Mel Hoppenheim School of cinema) 

 Synopsis:  

During a joyful parade, a little girl follows her older sister without her permission. At first, she is amazed by the ambiance but the more she gets herself lost and the more she sees strange things happening around her.

WINNER of Polska-free-25 Critic

Visual art competition offered by the embassy of Poland in Montréal for the fall of the Berlin wall anniversary

Jury member Brain Foss summarized the jury’s decision: The jury found Myriam Obin’s short animated film, Éloise, petite rêveuse / little dreamer, to be a mature and thoughtful meditation on the theme of political engagement and activism during the transition from the People’s Republic of Poland to the Polish Third Republic. The film relies on a relatively naïve approach (seeing adult events through the eyes of a little girl), but never treats its child protagonist in a condescending way. The film is also visually sophisticated, with several dramatically effective visual transformations and puns that reinforce the complexity of the events that Éloise is observing and that she is attempting to understand. As a result of these mutually reinforcing qualities, the film held the attention of the jury members as it unfolded its subtle but powerful narrative of the convoluted, fraught, and sometimes self-contradictory processes that underscored Poland’s path toward freedom. In so doing, it also transcends the specifics of recent Polish history (its principal narrative), and addresses universal themes of social activism.

Credits:

  • Director and animator: Myriam Obin
  • Music Composer: Vincent L. Pratte
  • Sound Design: Emily Laliberté
  • Musician:  Audrey G. Perrault and Julie Cadorette
  • Sound mixing: Philippe Bouvrette
  • Special Thanks: Michèle Labelle


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