A clutch of work-in-progress animations for Annecy Goes to Cannes
by Fabien Lemercier
- The five titles that have been selected are Pachamama, Heart of Darkness, Flee, Spycies and Koati
In partnership with the Cannes Film Market (8-17 May), the Annecy Film Festival and the MIFA will be present on the Croisette for the third year running as part of the “Goes to Cannes” initiative, showing off five animated features at the work-in-progress stage.
A number of exclusive images of Pachamama by Juan Antin will be unveiled to distributors, investors and international sales agents on 11 May. The story, written by the director together with Patricia Valeix, Olivier de Bannes and Nathalie Hertzberg, unfolds in the 16th century, in a Peruvian village in the heart of the Andes. Two little Native Americans, Tepulpaï and his best friend, Naïra, live happily in the village. But one day, an Inca procession arrives to collect the taxes, and the tax collector decides to take the village’s sacred idol in the name of Inti, the Sun God, in order to offer it as a tribute to the Grand Inca. For the village, it’s a total disaster, but for Tepulpaï, it’s a chance to finally show what he’s capable of… Produced by Didier and Damien Brunner (Folivari) together with O2b Films, Doghouse Films and Kaibou Productions, Pachamama is being co-produced by Haut et Court (which will oversee the French theatrical release) and Blue Spirit Studio, has been pre-purchased by Canal+ and OCS, and benefited from the CNC’s support for new production technologies. The movie is currently in production and is being sold by SC Films International.
Another title lucky enough to be selected is Heart of Darkness by Rogério Nunes, an adaptation of Joseph Conrad’s famous novel of the same name, which is a joint production effort by Brazil (Karmatique Imagens, among others), France (Sébastien Onomo for Les Films d'Ici) and Portugal. Currently in pre-production, the film will be set in Rio de Janeiro in the near future, and will tell the story of a young police officer called Marlow, who must find and capture Captain Kurtz, a famous policeman who disappeared in mysterious circumstances. In order to see his mission through, Marlow must board a boat and journey through the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro.
Two other films with European involvement will be taking part in the rendezvous: Flee by Jonas Poher Rasmussen (in pre-production; produced by Monica Hellström for Danish outfit Final Cut for Real together with France and Sweden) and the Chinese-French co-production Spycies by Guillaume Ivernel (in production; staged by Lux Populi Production). The line-up will be rounded off by the Mexican movie Koati by Rodrigo Perez-Castro (currently in production and being produced by Upstairs).
(Translated from French)
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