New York, NY –
GKIDS, a distributor of award-winning animation for both adults and family audiences, announced that it will release an English language version of Jean-Francois Laguionie’s The Painting (Le Tableau) on May 10. The film will open in New York, followed by expansion beginning on May 24 to cities including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston and Atlanta.
The Painting, French animation auteur Jean-Francois Laguionie’s latest work, is a wryly-inventive parable executed in a stunning painterly style. A kingdom is divided into the three castes: the fully painted Alldunns who reside in a majestic palace; the Halfies who the Painter has left incomplete; and the untouchable Sketchies, frail charcoal outlines who are banished to the cursed forest. Chastised for her forbidden love for an Alldunn and shamed by her unadorned face, Halfie Claire runs away into the forest. Her beloved Ramo and best friend Lola journey after her, passing between the forbidden Death Flowers that guard the boundaries of the forest, and arriving finally at the very edge of the painting – where they tumble through the canvas and into the Painter’s studio. The abandoned workspace is strewn with paintings, each containing its own animated world – and in a feast for both the eyes and imagination, they explore first one picture and then another, attempting to discover just what the Painter has in mind for all his creations.