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Belleville Rendez-Vous

Dundee Summer (Bash) Streets Festival

We’re delighted that this screening will feature a special introduction by Hannah Berry, as part of the Dundee Summer (Bash) Streets Festival

Hannah is an award-winning graphic novelist, comics creator, writer, illustrator and campaigner. She is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and was appointed UK Comics Laureate 2019-21. A regular guest of art, literature and comics festivals in the UK and around the world, her artwork has been exhibited in solo and collective exhibitions worldwide.

"Whenever I'm in a creative rut, Belleville Rendezvous is an immediate pick-me-up," says Hannah, "Ominous and silly, grotesque and heartwarming: it's a constant source of inspiration, with characters so vivid and visuals so rich in detail you could pause the film anywhere and be lost in them completely."

French writer/director/animator Sylvain Chomet’s 2003 Oscar-nominated film Belleville Rendez-Vous is an animated delight. With only 3 features to his name (including the gorgeous, Edinburgh-set 2010 film The Illusionist), he may not be prolific, but his animation work is so distinctive and full of character that each film feels like a treasure trove all of its own.

"Ominous and silly, grotesque and heartwarming"

Belleville Rendez-Vous (or The Triplets of Belleville as it was known in some territories) is a wonderful calling card for his unique visual style. The story, about an old lady and her cyclist grandson, is positively strange, and is really more of a spring-board for a glorious, bizarre, and sometimes almost grotesque, trip through a beautifully animated Paris. The film is largely dialogue-free, and Chomet is an expert when it comes to gesture and caricature, his scratchy pencil lines brimming with life. Utterly charming, very French, and visually stunning, Belleville Rendez-Vous is one of the best animated films of the 2000s, and we can't wait to revisit this treat.

Dundee Summer (Bash) Streets Festival takes place 14-24th July, celebrating the stories and characters that have come out of Dundee, leaving no one in doubt that Dundee is the home of comics! Free fun on the streets, activity tent, Dennis and Gnash Dash fun run, comic character parade and a Guinness world record attempt! 


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