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Flowing Home (Nhu môt dòng sông)

Sandra Desmazieres
2021 | 15 min
Traditional Animation on Paper
French with English subtitles

Selections and Awards

  • Winner - Best AnimationLA Shorts international film festival , Los Angeles (2021)

  • Special Mention, Short of the YearAutumn Festival (2021)

  • Official CompetitionVila Do Conde International Film Festival (2021)

  • Official CompetitionGiffoni Film Festival, Giffoni Valle Piana (2021)

  • Official CompetitionFestival du film court en Plein Air , Grenoble (2021)

  • Official CompetitionSHORT FILM OF THE YEAR (2021)

  • Official SelectionANIMAC, Barcelona (2021)

  • Official Competition Festival de cinéma d’animation de Pontarlier (2021)

  • Official CompetitionAnimayo, International Festival of Animation, Visual Effects and Video Games, Gran Canaria (2021)

  • Official SelectionMecal Air, Barcelona (2021)

  • Official Competition Festival Parties de campagne (2021)

  • Official Competition Animist Tallinn Festival (2021)

  • Official CompetitionFestival de cinéma d'animation de Pontarlier (2021)

  • Official CompetitionPeja Anibar International Animation Festival (2021)

  • Official CompetitionParis International Animation Film Festival (2021)

  • Official Selection ANIMA, The Brussels Animation Film Festival, Brussels, Belgium (2021)

  • Official CompetitionTricky Women Film Festival, Vienna, Austria (2021)

  • Official Selection, International CompetitionStuttgart Trickfilm International Animated Film Festival, Stuttgart, Germany (2021)

A word from the director

About the film

Q&A with the director




Sandra Desmazières

Sandra Desmazières

Born in 1978, Sandra Desmazières studied at the Duperré School of Applied Arts in Paris. She then entered the École nationale supérieure des arts décoratifs de Paris, where she discovered animation. Her final-year film, Sans queue ni tête, won the 2003 Cartoon d’or. She went on to make two short films produced by Les Films de l’Arlequin, Le thé de l’oubli (2008) and Bao (2011). In addition to being a filmmaker, Sandra is an illustrator of children’s books. Her most recent projects were Méandre, written by Muriel Bloch (2019, Éditions Le Robert), and Mai Anh, written by Didier Dufresne (2020, Éditions Mango). She also works as a comic book colourist for projects such as À mains nues, by Leïla Slimani and Clément Oubrerie (2020, Éditions Les Arènes). Sandra just finished shooting her most recent short film, Nhu môt dòng sông (Flowing Home).


Dora Benousilio
Producer (Les Films de l’Arlequin)

Dora Benousilio

I was born in Paris in 1950 and spent the first few years of my life in South America. After studying history, I worked as a teacher for several years.

In 1976, I opened up a bookshop. After 12 years of experience in the world of books and publishing, I got the opportunity to work with an animation production company (C2A). In 1991, six friends and I created the production company Les Films de l’Arlequin. In 1996 we produced our first feature, Aaron’s Magic Village, based on tales by Isaac Bashevis Singer and directed by Albert H. Kaminski.

We gradually became more specialized and now mainly produce animated films, in all formats and for all audiences.

Julie Roy

Julie Roy

As the Executive Producer of the National Film Board of Canada’s French Animation Studio, Julie Roy has produced some 40 animated short films. She holds a master’s degree in cinema studies from Université de Montréal and has published numerous articles about women and animated films.

Her notable productions include The Subject by Patrick Bouchard and THE TESLA WORLD LIGHT by Matthew Rankin, both of which screened at Cannes, at the 2018 Directors’ Fortnight and the 2017 Semaine de la Critique, respectively. In 2016, she co-produced Franck Dion’s The Head Vanishes (Papy 3D/NFB), which won the Cristal Award at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival. Among the many other artists whose work she has guided are Claude Cloutier, Michèle Lemieux, and Regina Pessoa.

Roy encourages diverse approaches to filmmaking, and is currently developing an interactive installation with Nicolas Brault and working with Chris Lavis and Maciek Szczerbowski (Madame Tutli-Putli, 2007) on their next short film.



A film by
Sandra Desmazières

Dora Benousilio (Les Films de l’Arlequin)
Julie Roy (ONF)

Production Manager
Fariza Daguelou (Les Films de l’Arlequin)

Production Assistant
Sara Skrodzka (Les Films de l’Arlequin)

Manuel Merlot

Thao : Sara Martins
Sao Maï : Linh Dan Pham

Script – Direction – Graphic Design – Storyboard – Compositing – Set design
Sandra Desmazières

Jing Wang

Layout Assistants
Sofia Gutman
Anne-Lise Nemorin

Compositing Assistant
Anne-Lise Nemorin

Sandra Desmazières
Jing Wang
Janet Perlman
Keyu Chen
Eva Cvijanovic


With the kind participation of:

Guerric Catala

Sound Editing
Gwennolé Leborgne
Alexis Place
Antoine Citrinot

Nicolas Fioraso

Cyril Holtz


Guitar, Rythmic Programming, Voices
Manuel Merlot

Emmanuel Sauvage

Voices, Dan Tranh, Dan Bâu
Hô Thuy Trang

Sao Flute
Mai Thanh Nam

Banjo, Guitars
Lucien Larquère

Music Recording
Cedryck Santens (Studio Santa)

Music Mix
Romain Ghezal

Foley Studio

Sound Engineer
Thibault Macquart

Sound Mixing Studio

Auditorium Technician
Matthieu Lasausa

Colour Lab

Marina Amaro

Royal Post

Technical Directors (NFB)
Pierre Plouffe
Eric Pouliot

Technical Specialist – animation (NFB)
Yannick Grandmont

Technical Coordinators (NFB)
Jean-François Laprise
Mira Mailhot


Quentin Ledoux
Fantine Beauvieux
Madeline Zonzon
Léonie Siegler
Raphaël Jouzeau
Raphaël de Lemos
Vladimir Roszak
Camille Bardaud
Coralie Fadat


Avec les voix de :
Sao Maï

Sandra Desmazières
Jean-Jacques Prunès

Animation Assistant
Françoise Angenot-Kassab

Compositing Support
Marie-Aimée Rabourdin

Editing Support
Matthieu Terrien

Inès Sedan

Production Assistant
Fantine Beauvieux


Administration (NFB)
Anne-Marie Bousquet
Mylène Augustin
Diane Régimbald
Karine Desmeules
Camila Blos

Studion Coordinators (NFB)
Laetitia Seguin
Michèle Labelle

Marketing Manager (NFB)
Geneviève Bérard

Marketing Coordinator (NFB)
Eric Bondo

Les films de l’Arlequin thank
Ain Rahaman, Iqkmal Hafieq, CJ See, Andrew Ooi, Why Not, Fanny, Fabien et Mike

Sandra thanks :
Guerric Catala for your investment and support
Sara Martins, Linh-Dan Pham
Mélanie Laurent, Emmanuel Courcol and Pierre Lottin for your wonderful voices
Bình Lê for your voices and your letters, Xuân Hiên Lê for your memories
Eliott, Camille, Clothilde, Maï Lan and Tạo for your wonderful voices and your laughter
Fuchsia, my sister, my mother, Damien, my family
Manu Merlot
Marie Madinier, Raja Amari, Marie Desplechin, Nicolas Mercier
Cyril Holtz
Nicolas Fioraso
Gwennolé Leborgne and Alexis Place
Antoine Citrinot
M141 – Thibault Carterot Polyson
Florent Lavallée, Catherine Taïeb and Lionel Lebras
Sandrine and Merwan Jing Wang
Dora Benousilio, Fariza Daguelou, Julie Roy and Aurélie Chesné

Co-produced by Les Films de l’Arlequin and the National Film Board of Canada

With the collaboration of France Télévisions
Acquisitions Department Pôle Court Métrage Aurélie Chesné

With the support of Centre national de la cinématographie et de l’image animée
(visual and sound creation)

And with the support of the PROCIREP, Société des Producteurs and the ANGOA

Press Relations

  • Nadine Viau
    NFB Publicist – Montreal
    C.: 514-458-9745

  • About Les films de l’Arlequin

    Since its founding in 1991, the production company Les Films de l’Arlequin has remained faithful to its initial editorial direction, producing animated films with original graphic universes and unique themes. From shorts to features, from series to auteur films, their goal has always been to bring a range of stories, talents and artistic sensibilities to the screen, big or small.

    Their productions’ positive reception at festivals and appeal to foreign broadcasters have strengthened the company’s desire to produce films that are both thoughtful and entertaining. In the future, they intend to make the most of their experience in these areas to explore new strands, such as youth documentaries and youth fiction.

  • About the NFB

    The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) is a leader in exploring animation as an artform, a storytelling medium and innovative content for emerging platforms. It produces trailblazing animated works both in its Montreal studios and across  the country, and it works with many of the world’s leading creators on international co-productions. NFB productions have won more than 7,000 awards, including seven Oscars for NFB animation and seven grand prizes at the Annecy festival. To access this unique content, visit NFB.ca.