Movie of the Month


Film Title: Amélie

Event No : 25
Date of Screening : 11-Oct-2014
Venue and Time : Hotel Savera 10 am

Siddharth Chandrasekar

Jean-Pierre Jeunet



A painfully shy waitress working at a tiny Paris cafe, Amelie makes a surprising discovery and sees her life drastically changed for the better. From then on, Amelie dedicates herself to helping others find happiness in the most delightfully unexpected ways. But will she have the courage to do for herself what she has done for others?

Language: French
Running Time: 123 mins
Release Date: April 21, 2001
Directed by: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Produced by: Jean-Marc Deschamps, Claudie Ossard
Written by: Guillaume Laurant, Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Audrey Tautou, Mathieu Kassovitz, Yolande Moreau
Music by: Yann Tiersen
Shot by: Bruno Delbonnel

About the Film

Amelie tells the story of a shy waitress, played by Audrey Tautou, who decides to change the lives of those around her for the better, while struggling with her own isolation. The film met with critical acclaim and was a major box-office success. Amélie won Best Film at the European Film Awards; it won four César Awards (including Best Film and Best Director), two BAFTA Awards (including Best Original Screenplay), and was nominated for five Academy Awards. A Broadway adaptation is in development


  1. It was in 1974 that Jean-Pierre Jeunet began collecting the memories and events that make up the story of Amelie.
  2. The main colors in the film (green, yellow and red) are inspired by the paintings of the Brazilian artist Juarez Machado.
  3. Jean-Pierre Jeunet originally wanted Michael Nyman to score the film, but was unable to get him. Someone then gave Jeunet a CD by Yann Tiersen, who composes in a similar minimalist style, but with an extremely quirky, eclectic mix of instruments. Jeunet fell in love with the music and scored the film largely with existing pieces by Tiersen, for which he bought the rights. In addition, Tiersen wrote an original main theme, "La Valse d'Amelie," which was recorded in numerous variations and used throughout the film.


  1. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences - Best Art Direction Nomination (Aline Bonetto, Marie-Laure Valla)
  2. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences - Best Cinematography (Bruno Delbonnel)
  3. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences - Best Foreign Language Film (Jean-Pierre Jeunet)
  4. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences - Best Original Screenplay (Guillaume Laurant, Jean-Pierre Jeunet)
  5. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences - Best Sound (Vincent Arnardi, Guillaume Leriche, Jean Umansky)
  6. BAFTA - Winner of Best Original Screenplay (Guillaume Laurant, Jean-Pierre Jeunet)
  7. BAFTA - Winner of Best Production Design (Aline Bonetto)

About the Director

Jeunet's first feature film was Delicatessen (1991), a melancholy comedy set in a famine-plagued post-apocalyptic world, in which an apartment building above a delicatessen is ruled by a butcher who kills people in order to feed his tenants.He next made The City of Lost Children (1995), a dark, multi-layered fantasy film about a mad scientist who steals children's dreams so that he can live indefinitely. The success of The City of Lost Children led to an invitation to direct the fourth movie in the Alien series, Alien Resurrection (1997).

Jeunet directed Amélie, starring Audrey Tautou where he continued the surrealist vibe of his earlier films, but was happier in tone and added romantic and comedic elements. This story, about a woman who takes pleasure in doing good deeds but has trouble finding love herself, was a huge critical and commercial success worldwide and was nominated for several Academy Awards. For this film, Jeunet also gained a European Film Award for Best Director.

In 2004, Jeunet released A Very Long Engagement, an adaptation of the novel by Sébastien Japrisot. The film, starring Audrey Tautou and Jodie Foster, chronicled a woman's search for her missing lover after World War I.In 2009, he released Micmacs followed by The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet (2013) an adaptation of Reif Larsen's book: The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet that starred Kyle Catlett.


About the Guest

Siddharth Chandrasekar who like almost every person associated with the Cinema Industry, had his fair share of struggles. His total disinterest in regular studies led his parents to take him to countless doctors & counselors where it was concluded that he was dyslexic. After stints at various schools, he finally completed his Class XII through National Open School.

He discovered his interest in drawing right from an early age where he used to return blank answer sheets and start doodling on question papers. Further, after Class XII his interest in graphic designing was stoked through a DTP center next door. He convinced his parents to send him the US to study Design & Arts but came back to Chennai after 3 months without even attending a single class.The magic happened when he bagged an order first from the Taj Group to do visiting cards and letter-heads leading on to designing the menu for Fisherman’s Cove. Assignments with reputed brands like Reynolds & Qwikys knocked on his door and he embraced them whole-heartedly establishing a name for himself.

The love affair with Cinema started when his friends got him work as a Publicity Designer for Priyadarshan’s Lesa Lesa. Tremendous success followed with his firm, Mitrra Media creating a mini revolution in feature-film publicity. Susi Ganesan, director of Thiruttu Payale, introduced him to AGS’ Kalpathi Agoram who offered to produce his first feature as a director, Bale Pandiya. While that remains his only directorial venture, SIddharth says he didn’t pursue film direction seriously and continued to being a Publicity Designer. He takes his cue from Raj Kapoor, Da Vinci and Satyajit Ray — people who managed many aspects of their work — but designing remains his prime love.

At this moment in life, he proudly says, "I ask parents / teachers to believe in the dreams of a kid with dyslexia. Dyslexia is a plus, it allows you to explore the ways of doing things!"

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