Two Short Films by Albert Lamorisse
THE RED BALLOON
Albert Lamorisse's Oscar(R)-winning short film is one of the best-loved children's classics of the cinema! Amid the hustle and bustle of downtown Paris, a young boy befriends a red balloon, which follows him wherever he goes. As the boy travels wordlessly from place to place, the balloon is his omnipresent companion, before the harshness of human nature threatens their friendship. An allegory about humanity and the divine, this childhood favourite combines simplistic yet compelling storytelling with an outstanding visual style.
THE WHITE MANE
Winner of the Grand Prix at Cannes, THE WHITE MANE is another classic children's short film from celebrated auteur Albert Lamorisse. Set in the Carmague in France, a wild, white-maned horse is being pursued by a gang of ranchers. Despite the horse's unwillingness to be captured and controlled, a young boy manages to befriend White Mane, and together they flee from their pursuers in search of freedom. Filmed in a documentary style but with a distinctively child-like narration, WHITE MANE is a romantic and tragic story of liberty and the injustice of man.