A magical encounter between The Fox and the Child
Three years after the success of The Emperor’s Journey [+see also:
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The Italian version, which is narrated by Ambra Angiolini, is being released March 21 on approximately 300 screens by Lucky Red.
At the press conference, Jaquet said: “As a child I also used to wander freely in the woods and one day something happened that marked my childhood. I came across a fox – I’d never seen one from so close. My heart was beating very fast, then suddenly it ran away and for a long time I wondered why animals have to flee from humans. It is the most beautiful and most romantic memory of my life”.
The beautiful images of film were partly shot in Italy, in the Abruzzo National Park and partly in the Ain, of the Retord Plateau. “Two crews worked on the film,” said the director, “one for the fictional story and another made up animal trainers. Not all the animals were trained. While we were shooting the scene in which the girl is trying to entice the fox with a chicken leg, an untrained fox appeared on the set and everything happened in an unexpected and spontaneous manner”.
“I didn’t want the forest to be completely wild,” added Jaquet. “On the contrary, I wanted human presence to be perceptible because I firmly believe that humans and nature can go back to living side by side”.
The film’s budget was €11.5m (five times that of The Emperor’s Journey), “without which this film would have been impossible to make,” emphasised the director”.
(Translated from Italian)
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