Of the 26 animated features in the Oscar race this year, no film is a more powerful expression of an individual artist’s voice than Sébastien Laudenbach’s The Girl Without Hands (La Jeune fille sans mains).

Laudenbach, who made the film almost entirely by himself, crafted a feature masterpiece, one in which both the animation and storytelling are driven by a remarkable and singular creative vision.

In the video below, Laudenbach talks about the genesis and production of the 76-minute feature, an ethereal adaptation of the Brothers Grimm fairytale about a girl sold to the devil by her father. For more about the making of the film, also be sure to check out our in-depth interview with Laudenbach.

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