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Artists’ Talk ONF x Sommets : Claude Cloutier

March 22nd, 2021

The NFB, in partnership with the Sommets du cinéma d'animation, is pleased to invite you to an artist’s talk with filmmaker and comic book artist Claude Cloutier. Cloutier’s latest animated short, Bad Seeds (Mauvaises herbes), is a journey into a bizarre world populated by carnivorous plants that can change shapes the way a chameleon changes colours. The veteran director of Carface deftly connects growth with rivalry, evolution with competition, crafting an increasingly shocking duel that’s peppered with allusions to the western, the Cold War, board games, and much more. The result is a modern-day fable, an animated short that could well have been directed by the mischievous artistic heir to Jean de La Fontaine. Putting his trademark penchant for surreal humour to good use, Cloutier concocts a sardonic allegory in which an obsession with progress becomes a race to the abyss. Bad Seeds reminds us, with a sly grin, that we are all part of an interconnected whole—and that we all rely on each other for our survival. The film is an official selection in the International Competition section of the 2020 Sommets du cinéma d'animation. Marcel Jean, Artistic Director of the Annecy Festival and Executive director of the Cinémathèque québécoise, will discuss with the director who will delve into the creative process behind his latest work, a co-production between the NFB and Unité Centrale.