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Anatole's Little Saucepan (La Petite Casserole d’Anatole)

Ajyal Competition - Ajyal Youth Film Festival 2015

Éric Montchaud / Short Narrative / France / 2014 / 6 min / Colour / DCP2K / In English, French / Arabic, English subtitles / Qatar Premiere
Rated: Parental guidance is advised. Some material may be inappropriate for young children.


Anatole is a perfectly normal little guy except for one thing: he has a little red saucepan tied to his wrist, which clanks along behind him everywhere he goes. Unfortunately, despite his sweet nature and his talent for painting, people never seem to notice anything about him except his saucepan, and this makes him feel excluded from the world. Stunningly animated, this endearing film shows us that each of us is special not despite what makes us different, but because of it.

About the Director

Eric Montchaud studied animation at La Poudrière in Valence, France, where he specialised in stop-motion. His shorts ‘Les Animals’ (2001) and ‘L’Odeur du chien mouillé’ (2013) played at film festivals around the world. He was an animator on Michel Gondry’s ‘The Science of Sleep’ (2006) and ‘Mood Indigo’ (2013). After his son showed him Isabelle Carrier’s book ‘Anatole’s Little Saucepan’, Montchaud was inspired to make a film with puppets.


Éric Montchaud
Éric Montchaud
Jean-Pierre Lemouland
Gwen Mallauran
Pierre Bastien
Nadine Buss
Production Company
JPL Films

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