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A Cat in Paris and Tante Hilda! on Folimage’s slate

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Founded and headed by Jacques-Rémy Girerd, Les Studios Folimage, based in Bourg-lès-Valence in the Rhône-Alpes region, has a string of animated feature film projects on its slate. After Raining Cats and Dogs (2003 – 1.2m admissions in France and sold to 48 countries) and Mia and the Migoo [+see also:
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(European Film Award 2009 for Best Animated Feature Film), Folimage is getting ready to launch A Cat in Paris in French theatres and has just started production on Tante Hilda! (“Auntie Hilda!”).

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Helmed by Jean-Loup Felicioli and Alain Gagnol, A Cat in Paris will be released on December 15 by Gebeka Films. The film centres on a cat who leads a secret double life: it spends its days with Zoé, the daughter of a police superintendent, but at night it accompanies a thief over the rooftops of Paris. While Zoé’s mother investigates the nocturnal burglaries, another crook kidnaps the little girl.

Piloted by Folimage for €5.05m, A Cat in Paris is a co-production between France (86%) and Belgium (13%). It was co-produced by Lunanime, Lumière, Digit Anima, France 3 Cinéma, Rhône-Alpes Cinéma and RTBF. Pre-bought by Canal + and CinéCinéma, the title is sold internationally by Films Distribution.

Producer and dialogue writer for A Cat in Paris, Girerd is also directing Tante Hilda! which has started its 80-week production process. Co-written by the director, Iouri Tcherenkov and Benoît Chieux, the film tackles the subject of the environment, in particular genetically modified organisms.

In her plant museum, nature lover Auntie Hilda keeps tens of thousands of plants and seeds from across the world. Many of them are becoming extinct.

At the same time, a new cereal, Attilem, is created by La Dolo International. This new grass, the latest generation of modified organisms, can be grown with little water, without fertiliser or high-yield product. It looks like the miracle solution for halting world famine and starts to be used on a massive scale globally.

But Attilem, which is resistant to everything, ends up taking over the entire surface of the planet, even invading the ocean. Only Auntie Hilda’s greenhouses remain unaffected by the catastrophe.

Produced by Folimage for €7.9m, Tante Hilda! has received a €600,000 advance on receipts from the National Film and Moving Image Centre (CNC), among other funding. It is scheduled to be released in theatres in 2014.

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(Translated from French)

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