WE WERE THERE – The first screening of this exceptional animated feature film on a glass plate aroused a rather unprecedented wave of enthusiasm at the heart of the event. The film will be released in theaters on September 29.
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Four uninterrupted minutes of “standing ovation” in the large Bonlieu room, this is a rare event at the heart of the Annecy festival. Yet this is what happened after the preview screening of the first feature film. Crossing by Florence Miailhe.
Everything is a little out of the ordinary with this first animated film which has been biding its time for fourteen years. Designed on a glass plate, this method of painting animated directly under the camera is quite rare these days in the world of animation. The great films which highlight this technique, which is as artisanal as it is poetic, often come from short films such as The street (1976) directed by the Canadian Caroline Leaf, or The old Man and the Sea (1999) by Russian director Alexander Petrov.
With short films like On the first Sunday in August (2000) or Neighborhood tale (2006), Florence Miailhe also demonstrated that she was a great director of the genre. For her, “This animated painting technique on glass leaves room for a certain intuition, and allows it to set the painting in motion.”
Crossing features a family on the run and two children lost on the roads of exile. After witnessing the fire in their village, the family of young Kyona (who will draw her entire journey) leaves. Soon separated from their parents, Kyona and her little brother Adriel will try to escape all those who stalk them to join a country with a more lenient regime. During an initiatory journey that will take them from childhood to adolescence, they will go through many trials, both fantastic, and very real to reach their destination … freedom.
On the stage of the Bonlieu room, the producer Marc Bonny of Gebeka Films made it clear that “The projection of Crossing in Annecy was absolutely crucial in the life of the film. ”
The idea of making a fairy tale on migration in animation on glass plate was born in the head of Florence Miailhe about fifteen years ago, when her husband, Patrick Zachmann, photographer at the Magnum agency , returns with overwhelming clichés on migrations in the islands of Lampedusa, or in Malta …
The scenario of Crossing, co-written with novelist Marie Desplechin, was born out of Florence Miailhe’s own family history. “My grandmother left Odessa in 1905, driven out by the pogroms, says the director. She will arrive rue des Rosiers, in Paris, with her ten children. ”
But the film borrows allegorical paths and the writing of fairy tales. This allows the artist-director to link this family history rooted in immigration at the beginning of the 20th century with those of current migrations.
“Marie Desplechin and I share a taste for storytelling, explains Florence Miailhe. This is what guided us throughout the writing and making of this film.»
At the sight of the reactions of the public, who gathered at the exit of the projection room, evoking “Great emotion”, a “Sublime film“Or even a”masterpiece”, we can only get excited at the idea that it can finally be released in theaters on September 29th.