Last summer, Emily returned to see her family, for the occasion of a Sunday lunch. It allowed her to see her grandfather again, and the bunny that she had lived with when she was a girl. But something had changed… it was not a bunny anymore.
THESE DISTORTED MEMORIES
> The style of animation of your short film is similar to the drawings of children. Why did you choose to use this approach?
With this film, I wanted nothing else but to re-tell a childhood memory, of those times in which I lived with my dog in the house of my grandfather. When I thought about how to translate that into animation, I immediately thought of the drawings of children.
I am particularly sensitive to the drawings that children make – they’ve always inspired me, and invited me to be more spontaneous in what I do. Also, regarding animation, they are very fluid and plastic, so you can do a lot of things with them.
> Tell me a little bit about the story itself – why your dog, and why the house of your grandfather?
My grandfather’s house, to me, is a place of remembrance. I’ve gone there from time to time, and I spent a lot of time there when I was a child myself; but in one of these recent visits, I noticed the ears of my dog, and how small they were, compared to how enormous they seemed in my memory – and it is from this feeling that the film is born.
I am the main character of the film, after all – I wanted the film to be autobiographical, also, because this is my first film. In a way, the film allowed me to pay back to both my dog and my grandfather, who took care of me and marked my childhood.
> So this film could be understood as a “tribute”?
It’s a kind of tribute to them, and also an expression of this feeling of time passing and changing things as it goes, and how the memories of children are often distorted and exaggerated, and later on, nothing is how it seemed to be when you were a child.
At the point of this interview, Emily had just finished a new animated short film for children, named “Bamboule”, about a “fat cat” sorting its difficulties in life.