I Lost My Body (J'ai perdu mon corps)
Director: Jérémy Clapin
Section: Rendezvous with French Cinema
Country: France | Year: 2019
Language(s): French | Time: 81 mins
In a Parisian laboratory, a severed hand escapes its unhappy fate and sets out to reconnect with its body in this Cannes Critics’ Week selection. During a hair-raising escapade across the city, the extremity fends off pigeons and rats alike to reunite with pizza boy Naoufel. Its memories of Naoufel and his love for librarian Gabrielle may provide answers about what caused the hand's separation, and a poetic backdrop for a possible reunion between the three. Based on the novel Happy Hand by Academy Award nominee Guillaume Laurant (Amelie). The Netflix Film will be available on the streaming service.
In the late 90’s, Jérémy Clapin studied animation and illustration at the École des Arts Décoratifs de Paris (Paris Decorative Arts School). After graduating in 1999, he started working in 2000 as an illustrator and directed his first short film in 2004, Une Histoire Vertébrale (A Vertebral Story), which was very well received in festivals. In 2008, in Skhizein, he told the story of a man hit by a meteorite who finds himself shifted 91 cm from his physical body, thus rendered invisible. Jérémy Clapin then worked in advertising, and in 2012, he made Palmipedarium, in which he chose a way to do animation that is much closer to live action.