– Jonas Poher Rasmussen was voted director of the year; Romain Renard and Fursy Teyssier won the Eurimages Prize for co-production development
Sébastien Onomo (Special Touch Studios), Anne-Laure Guégan (Need Productions), Romain Renard (Creative Touch Studios) and Fursy Teyssier (Creative Touch Studios) on stage with their Eurimages award (© Cartoon)
The curtain fell on a new edition of Cartoon Movie, which finally returned to its face-to-face format and took place in Bordeaux from March 8 to 10. The event welcomed 913 participants representing 42 countries, including 297 buyers and 150 distributors and sellers. On the third day, the Cartoon team awarded its Tributes as well as the prestigious Eurimages Prize for co-production development.
Jonas Poher Rasmussenthe author of Flee [+lire aussi :
interview : Jonas Poher Rasmussen
fiche film] (Denmark/France/Norway/Sweden), was crowned director of the year. His film, which had its world premiere last year at Sundance, has already made history as the first film nominated in three major categories of the Academy Awards (best international film, best documentary and best animated). This feature film follows a man named Amin Nawabi who will soon marry his partner and shares a past that he kept silent about until then: the moment he fled his native country, Afghanistan, to arrive in Denmark as a refugee.
The Producer of the Year Award went to Fresh Films (Czech Republic), Les Films du Cygne (France), Cinemart SK (Slovakia) and Animoon (Poland) for their work on Even Mice Belong in Heaven of Denisa Grimmova and Jan Bubenicek. The film follows two deadly enemies, a little mouse and a fox, who, after an unfortunate accident, find themselves in animal paradise. There they lose their natural instincts and become best friends. Their desire to stay together after returning to Earth comes true, but they are reborn in opposite roles.
The Distributor of the Year Award went to Paris-based company Charades, whose rich catalog of animated films includes European productions such as Even Mice Belong in Heaven, Marona’s Fantastic Tale [+lire aussi :
fiche film], The Queen’s Corgi [+lire aussi :
interview : Ben Stassen
fiche film] and I lost my body [+lire aussi :
interview : Jérémy Clapin
Finally, the Eurimages Prize for co-production development (along with the sum of €20,000) went to Melville of Roman Fox and Fursy Teyssier, produced in Belgium by Need Productions with French companies Creative Touch Studios and Special Touch Studios. The jury was impressed by “this dark and complex story which completely immerses in the universe of the main character”. He also underlined the fact that the directors have imagined for this film a new method of animation called “charcoalisation” which perfectly serves the artistic vision of Renard, the author of the original graphic novel. The film follows the journey of Paul Rivest, who returns to the city of the title after 25 years of absence. He knows the place rather well, having spent all his summer holidays there when he was a child, with his grandmother. As he feels responsible for the death of his first love and his best friend, in a fire that destroyed the region the summer of his fifteenth birthday, his return to Melvile forces him to reawaken the past. While Paul discovers the real reasons for the death of Ruth and Thomas, his stay turns into a nightmare, because the city is not done with him.
(Translated from English)