In celebration of selling out our only physical screening of the year, the Singaporean premiere of Leos Carax’s absolutely bonkers Annette, we invited animator and illustrator @mere.space to draw a suitably cryptic but succinct visual response to a crucial scene in the film. And no, it isn’t that scene with Adam Driver. Get your head out of the gutter!
*This was originally published in our 2021 Programme Booklet. It has been adapted and reformatted for the web.
The madcap insanity of Annette comes to a climax when two thirds into the movie, Baby Annette is brought into frame hanging from a drone to perform in front of a stadium-filled crowd. The metaphor of her being a puppet is heavy-handed, but in the hands of Leos Carax, becomes a commentary on the lack of control and how us, as an audience, are also responsible for feeding the dehumanisation of child entertainers.
About the Artist
Mirza is an animator and illustrator with a passion for movies. You might find him sneaking in through the backdoor of an arthouse matinee or running the box office at the indie cinema The Projector. He exists online on various spaces with the handle @mere.space
Oh, and check out our Annette-inspired playlist while you’re at it: