Edmond was a Donkey

Posted on Thursday, February 7, 2013
Edmond was a Donkey

A little donkey grows up.

The character of Edmond, a little man who wears a hat with donkey ears which he seems rather proud of, was inspired by a drawing by the film's director, Franck Dion. Based on his sketches, Dion developed a character and a story about this little person who appeared one day on a blank sheet of paper.

Initially, Franck Dion imagined Edmond as a metaphor for transgender struggles, stemming from the idea of being born in a skin that is not one's own. But on a broader level, Edmond Was a Donkey can also be seen as a parable about difference and otherness, the feeling of being out of step with the rest of a group. To express this idea of mismatch on the screen, Dion chose to superimpose voices speaking about Edmond over images that portray Edmond and his emotions - all of this against a backdrop that evokes a Communist era government office in which all of the employees look the same.

Watch our interview with Franck Dion and vote for the film if you want it win the Audience Prize!

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