Channel Four’s Animator in Residence scheme allows fresh talent Gaelle Denis to realize her curious, charming vision of a foreigner in London.

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City Paradise is the story of Tomoko, who arrives in an unknown London for the first time. She moves into a one-room bedsit, and as she struggles to get to grips with the strange city outside her window she discovers an even stranger one from inside her room. 
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She finds a mysterious secret hidden beneath the city, and embarks on a journey into the weird and wonderful accompanied by subterranean aliens.
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“I wanted to give life to my own vision of London,” says the director of the six-minute film, Gaelle Denis. “A lively and beautiful yet surreal city. And I wanted people to be able to identify with the main character Tomoko, a foreigner, lost and confused in such a manic city like London.
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“The alien’s secret world represents Tomoko’s inner self,” she says, “the place where she takes refuge to find the strength to be able to go back and look at London with different eyes.” 
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