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New featurette from MICMACS

GATW Guest Writer

by: GATW Guest Writer
May 14th, 2010

While I myself was not able to see MICMACS when it appeared at this year's SXSW, I know many who were, including my dear friend and fellow Gordon and the Whaler, Will Schiffelbein. To use his words to describe the film, "it operates like one giant Rube Goldberg machine."

Watching the newest featurette from the film, I am beginning to understand. Even in this small behind-the-scenes look we get at MICMACS (which, according to director Jean-Pierre Jeunet, means "shenanigans" or "antics") in this clip, the incredibly intricate nature and attention to detail of his work comes out.Click HERE to check it out over at Apple.com.

Below is the official synopsis for the film, and it echoes the craziness and vibrant characters that are typical Jeunet's work. The film stars French actor Dany Boon as the lead character named, simply, Bazil. As Mr. Jeunet said in the clip, the film hits "select theater May 28." Do yourselves a favor and find a select theater.

"First it was a mine that exploded in the middle of the Moroccan desert. Years later, it was a stray bullet that lodged in his brain... Bazil doesn't have much luck with weapons. The first made him an orphan, the second holds him on the brink of sudden, instant death. Released from the hospital after his accident, Bazil is homeless. Luckily, our inspired and gentle—natured dreamer is quickly taken in by a motley crew of junkyard dealers living in a veritable Ali Baba's cave.

The group’s talents and aspirations are as surprising as they are diverse: Remington, Calculator, Buster, Slammer, Elastic Girl, Tiny Pete and Mama Chow. Then one day, walking by two huge buildings, Bazil recognizes the logos of the weapons manufacturers that caused all of his misfortune. He sets out to take revenge, with the help of his faithful gang of wacky friends. Underdogs battling heartless industrial giants, our gang relive the battle of David and Goliath, with all the imagination and fantasy of Buster Keaton."

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