Money Time

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A journey to the farthest reaches of the steppe and outer space


It all begins as a marvelous fairy tale.
In the icy steppe, a bear and her cub discover a plane that has been there for some undetermined time.
All is calm.
But this glacial tranquility will soon be disrupted by a train… And then more trains.
Silent mechanical monsters converge toward a military base. A strange orbital spaceflight is being prepared.

  • Ludovic Houplain
  • Ludovic Houplain
  • H5
  • Movie Da
  • Foret Bleue
  • Stink
  • Planktoon
  • Insonic
  • Yann Malcor
  • Samuel Danesi
  • Anima Rolland
  • Elise Bernateau
  • Xavier Brault
  • Alexandre Henri
  • Mirwaïs
  • Insonic
  • No casting
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Experimental, Short
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  • Runtime:
    10 minutes 34 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    December 20, 2014
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Garden State Film Festival
  • Nashville Film Festival
  • Auckland Film Festival
  • Anima Mundi
  • 69th Montecatini International Short Film Festival
  • Miami Short Film Festival
  • Nottingham International Film Festival
  • Berlin International Cinefest
  • Maykop International Film Festival
  • Manchester Film Festival
  • International Monthly Film Festival
  • Lisbon International Film Festival
  • DFK New Wave
  • Library International Film Festival
  • Multivision Festival
  • Linoleum International Contemporary Animation and Media Art Festival
  • Shortcut 100
  • Chandler International Film Festival

    Best animated short film
  • Isola del Corto

    Best film
  • Hollywood Boulevard Film Festival

    Best animated short
  • TMC London Film Festival

  • Hollywood Just4Shorts Film and Screenplay Competition

Director Biography - Ludovic Houplain

Founder, owner and creative director of H5 (artistic director, film maker, graphic designer) graduate of ESAG-Penninhgen in 1994.

References (2000 – 2016) :

Adidas : film Yeezy 350 / Yeezy 750 / Yeezy Boost – 2015 - 2016
Lux scène nationale de Valence : film Lux 2.0 - 2015
Citroën : film Feel Good - 2014
Lacoste : tv commercial Lacoste L!ve - 2014
Mercedes-Benz : tv commercial Étoiles - 2013
H5 : animation short film Logorama, 2010 - César for best short film, 2009 – Academy Award for best animation short film
Volkswagen : tv commercial Touran Train Fantôme - 2007
Massive Attack : video clip Special Cases – 2003
Royksöpp : video clip Remind me - 2002 - MTV Award Best European Music Video. Barcelona - 2002 - Club des DA. 1st Prize Video Clip. Paris
Air : video clip How Does It Make You Feel - 2001
Alex Gopher : video clip The Child - 2000 - Club des DA. 1st Prize Video Clip. Paris

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Director Statement

"Each film is a new voyage. A voyage for me, and a voyage for the spectator. In contrast to the bright pop imagery of Logorama, I wanted Money Time to be an atmospheric crossing through unlimited space. To go from Technicolor to an almost barren world."

The concept was to create a film using traditional narrative and visual references to better skew them. What begins with fairy tale and cartoon conventions turns out to be devoid of any story or temporal orientation. A mute tragedy where nothing is seen or heard, which plays out against a disturbingly strange soundtrack.

The result is an exceedingly polar, deserted setting inhabited by overpowering machines. The only living beings in the film are three animals and snow-covered trees.

Immaculate snow and bears that have stepped right out of a Coca-Cola commercial are juxtaposed with streamlined missiles, protective cameras, controlling screens and reinforced doors that open and close. Everything is monumental and automatic.

Machines have replaced humans. Against a saturated, metallic soundtrack by Mirwais, the machines form an abstract, mechanical military-industrial ballet that almost seems symphonic.
In this no-man's-land, the project of a faceless über power - our society's overwhelming financialization - begins to take shape, and its only limit is space itself.

Money Time is a pictorial representation of the crushing power of money and financial systems. It is also an aesthetic, poetic and cinematographic fable.