Genius Loci

Adrien Mérigeau

IndieLisboa 2020 •

France, Animation, 2019, 16′

In the city, chaos devours and transforms everything with its unrest. One night, Reine, a young loner, becomes attracted by something mythical, a sort of a guide, a supposed oneness. 

In classical Roman religion, a genius loci was the protective spirit of a place. Reine is the main character of the film who can be said to live a spiritual experience of the city for one night. Reine looks for something, but doesn’t quite know what she is searching for. A night adrift, with heightened senses. A tremendously delicate animation, with different techniques and textures and with the recognizable visual universe of illustrator Brecht Evens (Marona’s Fantastic Tale). Adrien Merigeau moves, with this animation, to another level. (Carlos Ramos)