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Ballon rouge (Le)

Fortnight 2007, Short film, 0h36


Paris in the 1950s, in the Menilmontant district. A little boy finds a red balloon caught on a lamppost. The balloon begins to follow the boy everywhere though the streets of Paris, to the astonishment of the entire neighborhood. An envious band of youths his age provoke a turn of events that is both tragic and fantastic.


Albert Lamorisse

Born in Paris in 1922, Albert Lamorisse began making films in the late 40s. He quickly achieved international recognition for the poetic quality of his short and medium-length films about children and the imagination. Crin Blanc won the Jean Vigo Prize in 1952 and receives the Grand Prix for short film at the Cannes Film Festival in 1953 . The Red Balloon received the Palme d’Or at Cannes in 1956 and an Oscar the following year. He died in a helicopter accident near Tehran in 1970 while shooting a documentary, Le Vent des amoureux.

Georges Sellier
Michel Pezin
Pascal Lamorisse
Paul Perey
René Marion
Sabine Lamorisse
Vladimir Popov

Albert Lamorisse

Edmond Séchan

Pierre Vuillemin

Pierre Gillette

Maurice Leroux

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Title in Original Version : Red Balloon