Nocturnal Butterflies is the only film entirely made in Servaisgraphy, a technique that fuses live-action and animation. The late Raoul Servais, a key figure in the history of Belgian animation, already experimented with this style in his film Harpya.
After Nocturnal Butterflies, he stopped using Servaisgraphy, because the development of computer technology made the process virtually obsolete. It makes Nocturnal Butterflies a scarce, unique film. Based on the work of Paul Delvaux, a moth leads us into the waiting room of a night railway station, where a surreal sketch unfolds.
Raoul Servais died in March 2023. His legacy includes a body of work unparalleled in animated film. CINEMATEK, the King Baudouin Foundation, and the Raoul Servais Collection look back on the work of this exceptional filmmaker who remains an inspiration for directors worldwide. Chromophobia (1965), To Speak or Not to Speak (1970) and Der lange Kerl (2022) will also be screened.