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I Don’t Feel Anything Anymore

Noémie Marsily & Carl Roosens
2016 | 9 min 31 s

Prizes and awards

  • Opening FilmLes Sommets du cinéma d’animation 2016

  • National Competition - Short Films - Professional Film CategoryAnima Brussels 2017

  • International Competition Short Documentary and Animated FilmDOK Leipzg 2017

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Q&A WITH NOÉMIE MARSILY AND CARL ROOSENS

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Noémie Marsily
Réalisatrice
Biography
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Noémie Marsily

Noémie Marsily was born in 1983 in Braine-l’Alleud, Belgium. She studied illustration at ESA Saint-Luc, painting at La Cambre and printmaking at the École d’art d’Uccle. After her extensive art training, she began creating comics and graphic novels that revealed a cutting-edge style. From 2006 to 2013, she worked as an author, graphic artist and co-editor with Nos restes, an independent collective with an experimental approach to book publishing and storytelling. Her artwork has been featured in many exhibitions in Belgium and France. Also passionate about animation, she completed three short animated films in 2007 and 2008. In 2010, she and her partner, Carl Roosens, made the film Caniche, which played at film festivals in Belgium and elsewhere and truly launched their animation careers. An original blend of drawings and cut-outs, the film is a satirical look at the tyranny of beauty and won the Grand Jury Prize for a first European short in the animation category at the Festival Premiers plans d’Angers. In 2011, Marsily did an artist residency at the Maison de la bande dessinée in Montreal, and during her stay she and Roosens went for a walk on Mount Royal and came up with the idea for an animated short based on “Autour du lac,” a song by Roosens’s band Carl et les hommes-boîtes. The project was further developed during a writing residency at Fontevraud Abbey in France. The zany film, also called Autour du lac, scored big on the festival circuit, collecting awards at Annecy, Brussels, Montreal, Bradford and Cordoba and going viral on social media. In 2014, she and Roosens created an animated miniseries called Moustique, which aired on Canal+. Zorobabel, a Belgian studio specializing in animated shorts by auteur filmmakers, has long supported the couple’s work. In 2016, the studio teamed up with the National Film Board of Canada to produce the couple’s animated short I Don’t Feel Anything Anymore. The film adds to a body of work marked by surreal humour, a focus on social issues, and a line that is energetic and fluid. Marsily also enjoys teaching and gives animation workshops to children. The work that she and Roosens create is highly colourful and explores new directions in a variety of fields: animation, comics, illustration and music.


Carl Roosens
Director
Biography
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Carl Roosens

Born in 1982 in Anderlecht, Belgium, Carl Roosens studied at the École de recherche graphique in Brussels where he specialized in illustration, videography and printmaking. He later shot music videos for alternative bands like Festen, Castus, the Wild Classical Music Ensemble, BRNS and NOZA. In 2010, he and his partner, Noémie Marsily, made the film Caniche, their first professional animated short. Bitingly funny, the film screened on the international festival circuit and won the National Competition Award at the Festival international du film francophone de Namur in 2012. Also passionate about song writing and performing, Roosens founded the critically acclaimed band Carl et les hommes-boîtes and played in the rock bands Facteur Cheval and Jeremy l’enfant atomik. In 2009, Carl et les hommes-boîtes launched their first album, Où poser les yeux?, which was highly praised by the magazine Les Inrocks. Their second album, La paroi de ton ventre, contains the hit song “Autour du lac.” Roosens and Marsily were inspired to create a film based on this song during a stroll they took on Mount Royal in Montreal. They developed the project during a writing residency at Fontevraud Abbey in France in May 2012 and completed the film later that year. Its energy, outlandish images and the catchy melody of the song made Autour du lac a smash hit at festivals, where it picked up several awards, including the Canal+ Creative Aid Award for a Short Film at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival and an honourable mention at the Sommets du cinéma d’animation de Montréal. Roosens also created two lyrical and mordantly funny animated series, Pauvre histoire pauvre (2011‒2015) and Moustique (2015). Moustique was co-directed with Marsily and aired on Canal+. Zorobabel, a studio in Brussels that specializes in animated shorts by auteur filmmakers, has long supported the couple’s animation work. In 2016, Zorobabel and the National Film Board of Canada teamed up to produce the couple’s offbeat short film I Don’t Feel Anything Anymore, a sly look at our chaotic world. In addition to being a singer, musician and animator, Roosens works as an illustrator and designs album sleeves and posters. His illustrations, which include commissioned pieces and his own creations, have appeared in publications and exhibitions in Belgium and France. He and Marsily have forged remarkable careers that cover a range of disciplines: animation, illustration, music and comics.


William Henne
Producer (Zorobabel)
Biography
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William Henne

Born in Brussels in 1969, William Henne is a filmmaker, comics creator, editor, and producer. He co-founded the animation studio Zorobabel together with Delphine Renard, and acts as the coordinator of the Zorobabel Atelier collectif (Collective workshop). In 1997 he directed his first short film, Tout jeune garçon… (Every Young Boy…), before devoting his energies to the Atelier collectif. In 2014, he co-directed La chair (The Flesh) with French director Louise Lemoine Torrès.

In 1994, Henne published L’épuisement (Exhaustion), his first comics collection as a writer. In 1997 he joined the collective La 5e Couche. (At the start of 2000 it became it became a standalone corporate publisher.) He adapted an episode of Poulpe (“La disparition de Perek” by Hervé Le Tellier) for publisher 6 pieds sous terre in 2001. Since then, he’s added a book a year to his bibliography, which numbers a dozen so far. Henne has also published numerous short stories.


Delphine Cousin
Producer (Zorobabel)
Biography
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Delphine Cousin

Delphine Cousin studied fine arts at the École de recherche graphique (ERG) in Brussels before turning towards illustration. She enjoys working in collage, manipulating a variety of materials and working with different textures and elements of reality.

Cousin discovered animation at Zorobabel with Delphine Renard. She directed the one-minute long personal short film Robert 344 15 52, and, as part of an internship, made a number of films with children.

In 2004, Delphine Renard invited Cousin to work on the backgrounds for her film Tango Nero. The pair decided to co-direct Aral in 2006, with Delphine Cousin again primarily responsible for backgrounds.


Delphine Renard
Producer (Zorobabel)
Biography
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Delphine Renard

Delphine Renard studied animation and video at the École de recherche graphique (ERG) in Brussels. Her work has always had links to documentary: Les grenouilles (Frogs) plunges us into the ecosystem of a pond. Tango Nero takes us to Venice at the  peak of acqua alta, and Aral is a carefully documented film about the disappearance of the Aral Sea in Uzbekistan. Each of these films is characterized by an encounter or a journey – Renard meets Steve Waring with his family at a vegetarian restaurant in Lyon; she discovers the theatricality of Venice as she exits Santa Lucia Station; she contacts Sonia Ringoot after the latter has just finished making a documentary on the Aral Sea. And there is the decisive meeting that marks the evolution of her work: that with Delphine Cousin, who Renard met during her studies, and with whom she once again crossed paths when the two led workshops together. Delphine Cousin joined Renard to work on backgrounds for Tango Nero. They later co-directed Aral.

In addition to working as a director, Delphine Renard is also co-founder of the production house Zorobabel, which started up in 1994.


Marc Bertrand
Producer (NFB)
Biography
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Marc Bertrand

Marc Bertrand joined the French Animation Studio as a producer in 1998 and has since produced more than 100 films, including such notable successes as the award-winning series Science Please! (2001), and Noël Noël (2003) by Nicola Lemay, which won Gémeaux Awards for Best Animated Series or Film in 2002 and 2004 respectively.  He also co-produced with Marcel Jean the Norman McLaren Master’s Edition (2006), an award-winning DVD box set featuring digitally restored masterpieces by McLaren, a pioneer in the fusion of music and animation. Bertrand’s interest in new technology has led him to become involved in working on 3D films. In 2008, he coproduced Facing Champlain: A Work in 3 Dimensions, directed by Jean-François Pouliot, and produced Private Eyes, a new 3D film by Nicola Lemay.

Among his other productions are acclaimed films such as Imprints (2004) by Jacques Drouin and works by Theodore Ushev: Tower Bawher (2006), Drux Flux (2009) and Lipsett Diaries (2010), winner of a Genie for Best Animated Short and a Special Mention at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival. Bertrand has worked on numerous productions, including the Studio GDS/NFB co-production Romance (2011) by renowned Swiss animator Georges Schwizgebel, winner of the 2012 Genie Award. In 2011, he produced Sunday (2011) by Patrick Doyon, which earned an Oscar® nomination and won the 2012 Jutra Award for Best Animated Film.

In 2013, Marc became an AMPAS (Academy of Motion Picture, Arts and Sciences) member and completed the co-production Hollow Land (Michèle and Uri Kranot) and Gloria Victoria (T. Ushev), which won the FIPRESCI award in Annecy 2013.

In 2014, it was another of Marc’s production, No fish where to go, that received the same honor. The same year, the film Jutra (Marie-Josée St-Pierre, a co-production with MJSP Film) was selected at the Fortnight of directors in Cannes and in February 2015 won a Jutra, a Gemeaux and a Canadian Screen Award for best short animated film.  In 2016, his production of Théodore Ushev’s Vaysha the Blind won both the Jury Prise and de Children Jury prize in Annecy and in 2017 the film was nominated for an Oscar® in for the Best Short Animated film category.


Julie Roy
Executive Producer (NFB)
Biography
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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.

 

Credits

Script, Direction and Animation
Noémie Marsily
Carl Roosens
(Studio cramique)

Opera Singer
Natalie Choquette

Voices
Noémie Marsily
Carl Roosens

Original Music and Sound Design
Pierre Yves Drapeau

Musicians
Pierre Yves Drapeau
Denis Chartrand

Foley
Lise Wedlock
René Lussier

Sound Recording
Luc Léger
Geoffrey Mitchell

Re-recording
Serge Boivin

Special thanks to
Isabella Cieli
Bernard Delville
Tomo De Ridder
Annick Faniel
Sacha Goerg
Joanna Lorho
Robin Marsily
William Marsily
Pascal Matthey
Barbara Otto
Charlotte Poels  
Nathalie Vanderlinden

Thanks to
Manon Ache
Alexandra Declerck
Martin Delisle
Emmanuelle Duplan
Clara Estable
Guillaume Hittelet
Élisa Labbé
Corinne Le toquin
Léna Martinez
Laureline Massias
Juliette Paquet
Lise Rémon
Pin-Tsen Ye

Thank you Sylvia Roosens, This film is for you

NFB Team

Technical Director
Pierre Plouffe

Technical Coordinator, Animation
Yannick Grandmont

On-line Editing
Denis Pilon

Technical Coordinator
Daniel Lord

Production Coordinator
Michèle Labelle

Administrator
Diane Régimbald

Administrative Team
Diane Ayotte
Karine Desmeules

Marketing Manager
Geneviève Bérard

Producers
Delphine Cousin (Zorobabel)
Delphine Renard (Zorobabel)
William Henne (Zorobabel)
Marc Bertrand (NFB)

Executive Producer
Julie Roy (NFB)

Zorobabel
with the participation of
Centre du cinéma et de l’audiovisuel de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles
in co-production with
the National Film Board of Canada

 

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  • About the NFB

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