Film Series: Runs & Limited Engagements

The Girl Without Hands

La Jeune Fille sans mains

2016, Sébastien Laudenbach, France, 76 min.

Show Times

  • Fri, Aug 11th 2:00pm
  • Fri, Aug 11th 6:00pm
  • Sat, Aug 12th 8:15pm
  • Sun, Aug 13th 3:00pm
  • Mon, Aug 14th 6:00pm
  • Tue, Aug 15th 7:45pm
  • Wed, Aug 16th 6:00pm
  • Thu, Aug 17th 7:45pm
Chicago premiere!

“Exquisite artistry…reminiscent of certain Japanese prints and the work of French artists like Edouard Vuillard and Pierre Bonnard.” — Jordan Mintzer, Hollywood Reporter

A dark Faustian tale by the Brothers Grimm is the source material for this exquisitely drawn animation rendered in a style both minimalist and paradoxically delicate and bright with evocative swaths of watercolor shading. In a kingdom far away, a desperate miller makes a bargain with the devil and unwittingly promises his little daughter to the fiend after a drought stills his mill wheel. The millstream gushes with liquid gold, and Satan returns after a few years to claim the young virgin, who repulses him with her purity. A father’s rage, a devil’s vengeance, and star-crossed love for a handsome prince figure in a heart-rending three-part odyssey toward redemption. The film premiered in the ACID section at Cannes, was nominated for Best Animated Feature at the César Awards, won both the Jury Prize and the award for Best French Film at the Annecy Animation Festival, and Best Director at the Tokyo Anime Awards. Note: This film may not be suitable for children younger than teens; parental discretion is advised. In French with English subtitles. DCP digital. (BS)

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