Directed by the inimitable Spike Jonze the short film “Mourir auprès de toi” (“To Die by Your Side”), which takes its title from one of the emotionally wrenching Smiths’ song, is a love story for booklovers, set in Paris’ beloved Shakespeare and Company bookstore. The film features animated book covers made from embroidered felt cutouts created by the designer Olympia Le-Tan.
Jonze and Le-Tan, together with French director Simon Cahn, spent six months writing a script, then animating 3,000 pieces of felt cut by Le-Tan herself. The resulting stop-motion animation features a skeleton, his lover, and some famous book covers that spring to life.
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