Netflix has debuted the U.S. trailer for I Lost My Body, Jérémy Clapin’s highly anticipated debut feature (watch it below). The English-language cast has also been unveiled.
The cast is led by Dev Patel, who received an Oscar nomination for Lion, and Alia Shawkat, who has starred in Arrested Development and Search Party. It also features George Wendt, best known for his role as Norm in the sitcom Cheers. Acclaimed indie filmmaker Andrew Bujalski (Computer Chess, Support the Girls) served as creative lead of the English dub, under Clapin’s supervision.
Set in 1990s Paris, the unorthodox film centers on Naoufel (Patel), a young man struggling to carve out his own path in life. After his hand is severed in an industrial accident, the film alternates between his backstory — focusing on his infatuation with Gabrielle (Shawkat), a librarian — and the hand’s own escapade, as it comes to life and sets off through the city to find its owner.
Garlanded with awards at Cannes Critics’ Week and Annecy Festival, I Lost My Body arrives on a wave of hype. Although this is his first feature, Clapin has quite the pedigree: his short films Skhizein and Palmipedarium both won plaudits and awards on the festival circuit. He co-wrote I Lost My Body with Guillaume Laurant (Amelie), on whose novel Happy Hand the film is based. It was produced by Marc du Pontavice at French studio Xilam.
At Cannes, near-worldwide rights to the film were acquired by Netflix, which will release it for streaming in 184 territories on November 29. Before that, it will get a theatrical run in a number of countries — it hits select U.S. theaters on November 15. The L.A. premiere comes on October 20, at the Animation Is Film festival.