The Elephant and the Butterfly

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North American Premiere

Belgium, France | 86 MINUTES

THE ELEPHANT AND THE BUTTERFLY

Drama
When the doorbell rings one summer afternoon, Camille, a single mother and architect, answers it, expecting the babysitter for her five-year-old daughter, Elsa. Instead, on the doorstep appears Antoine, Camille’s former partner and Elsa’s father—who Camille has not seen in five years, and who Elsa does not even know. But when the babysitter fails to materialize, Camille has no choice but to leave her daughter with the girl’s estranged father, releasing the pair on a three-day adventure that thrusts an ill-prepared Antoine abruptly into parenthood.

The Elephant and the Butterfly, produced by the Dardenne brothers and executive produced by Martin Scorsese, is the second feature effort by director Amélie van Elmbt—but it’s her young daughter, as Elsa, who captivates the viewer. The film draws its name from a fable Elsa requests Antoine read her, and, as he narrates, it’s impossible to ignore the tale’s parallels with father and daughter. Van Elmbt’s utterly enchanting, irresistible fairy tale manages to conjure both the heady, thrilling elements of being five years old and the specific anxieties of a not-so-new parent’s fumbling attempts at fatherhood—and adulthood.

—Frédéric Boyer

CAST & CREDITS

Directed by Amélie van Elmbt and Amelie van Elmbt

A graduate of Belgium’s Institut des Arts de Diffusion, Amélie van Elmbt directed and produced her first feature-length film, La tête la première, which screened at Cannes in 2012. The Elephant and the Butterfly is her second feature-length film.
Director
Amélie van Elmbt
Producer
Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, Adrienne D'Anna, Delphine Tomson
Screenwriter
Amélie van Elmbt
Cinematographer
Eric Gautier
Editor
Yannick Kergoat, Ewin Ryckaert
Executive Producers
Martin Scorsese, Emma Tillinger-Koskoff, Chad A. Verdi, Michelle Verdi
Cast
Isabelle Barth, Thomas Blanchard, Judith Chemla, Alice de Lencquesaing, Lina Doillon

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