A FILM BY François Ozon

Spike Jonze’s New Animated Short Premieres Friday at IFC Center About film

(To Die by Your Side)
Has U.S. Theatrical Premiere at IFC Center

Following Cannes Debut, Short Plays before
IFC Center’s Regular Features Starting June 10
In Ongoing “Short Attention Span Cinema” Program
Co-Directed with Simon Cahn,
Film Is Inspired by French Designer Olympia Le-Tan

Acclaimed director Spike Jonze’s MOURIR AUPRES DE TOI (To Die by Your Side), a new short film that premiered in the 2011 Cannes Film Festival’s Critics’ Week, makes its US theatrical premiere on Friday, June 10 at IFC Center. The short will screen for two weeks before the theater’s regular features as part of its ongoing “Short Attention Span Cinema” program.

A collaboration between Jonze (Being John Malkovich, Adaptation., Where the Wild Things Are) French designer Olympia Le-Tan and filmmaker Simon Cahn, the whimsical, humorous and poignant MOURIR AUPRES DE TOI was inspired by Ms. Le-Tan’s accessory designs-embroidered felt adaptations of first editions of classic books. “I just loved them and loved the world she was making,” Mr. Jonze explained “So I asked if I could have one. And she said yeah, if you want to make a film for it.”

Set in Paris’s storied Shakespeare and Co. bookstore, the film concerns the adventures of a skeleton (voiced by Jonze) who springs off the cover of “Macbeth” and falls for a damsel from “Dracula.” Filmed in painstaking stop-motion animation, the film required a new stitched felt character for each shot-some 3,000 felt parts in total. “Felt is not the easiest thing to animate,” Mr. Jonze noted. “It’s very flimsy.” A “making-of” video of the short is viewable online at Vimeo

IFC Center’s “Short Attention Span Cinema” program screens short films before the theater’s regular features, every day of the year. Past editions have spotlighted shorts from festivals such as Slamdance and Doxita, as well as work by DA Pennebaker, Jeff Scher, Emily Hubley, Guy Maddin, James Nares, Isabela Rossellini, the shorts from R.E.M.’s “Collapse into Now Film Project” and others.

For information, contact Harris Dew at 212 924-6789 or hdew@ifccenter.com
IFC Center, 323 Avenue of the Americas at West 3rd Street, box office: 212 924-7771.
For showtimes, advance tickets and more information, visit ifccenter.com.

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