2. Mai 2022 Johannes Wolters

Annecy 2022: The Festival Unveils Its Official Selection

The Festival’s press conference has just ended at the CNC. Together, Mickaël Marin, director, and Marcel Jean, artistic director, presented the 46th edition to be held from June 13-18 and announced the Official Selection of the feature films.

„I’d like to remind you of the state of mind in which we have worked these past few months. I know we all had our hearts set on meeting again fully, totally, on reconnecting with the soul of this festival composed of encounters and sharing, to once again spark that movie theater throb.
We imagined this year’s festival as a fireworks of creativity and diversity in order to display the vibrant power of a cinema that we are so proud to serve.“

Mickaël Marin 

The Festival’s 2022 selection is diversified and surprising. It bears witness to the vitality of animation and to the outstanding development of worldwide production over the course of the past few years. The qualities and quantities are such that one feels almost cramped for space in the world’s largest animation festival!“

Marcel Jean

It was a tough pick to carry out the selection since there was such great quality all around! Out of the approximately one hundred feature films submitted, 10 feature films will be part of the Official running:

  • Charlotte, by Eric WARIN, Tahir RANA
    Production: JANUARY FILMS, WALKING THE DOG – WTD, LES PRODUCTIONS BALTHAZAR (Belgium, Canada, France)
    „The all too short life of the German-Jewish painter Charlotte Salomon, who died at 26 in Auschwitz, is portrayed in this gripping movie which explores an outstanding artistic temperament swept up in the whirlwinds of History.“ Marcel Jean 
  • Goodbye, DonGlees! by Atsuko ISHIZUKAProduction: KADOKAWA PICTURES (Japan)
    Goodbye DonGlees! released in Japan in February is both a story of friendship and of rite of passage. Funny, moving, close to nature, a film which will delight anime fans.“

  • Interdit aux chiens et aux Italiens, by Alain UGHETTOProduction: LES FILMS DU TAMBOUR DE SOIE (France, Italy)
    Jasmine was the revelation of the 2013 Annecy Festival. Now, nearly ten years later, Alain Ughetto is back with a film that again draws deeply from autobiography, a film in which the narrative device is once again built on representation of the film’s production resources. Annecy Festival is thrilled to renew its acquaintance with this too-rare author.“

Teaser Interdit aux chiens et aux italiens from Les Films du Tambour de Soie on Vimeo.

 

  • Little Nicholas – Happy as Can Be by Amandine FREDON, Benjamin MASSOUBRE
    Production: BIDIBUL PRODUCTIONS, ONYX FILMS (France, Luxembourg)
    „Using animation to redraw Sempé’s strokes and add color to the artist’s drawings was certainly a great challenge. A challenge taken up by a talented team that never took the easy way out and that ensures we feel right at home with Goscinny’s verve and Sempé’s agility. A major popular movie which – we do trust – will easily bridge the generation gap!“
  • The House of the Lost on the Cape (Misaki no Mayoiga), by Shinya KAWATSURA
    Production: DAVID PRODUCTION (Japan)
    „A meticulous adaptation of Kashiwaba’s novel, this feature film rekindles memories of the tragic 2011 earthquake and ensuing tsunami. Although the make-up of this film’s first few minutes may appear relatively conventional, the rest is definitely full of surprises with segments of it on the cusp of experimental.“

  • My Love Affair with Marriage, by Signe BAUMANEProduction: THE MARRIAGE PROJECT, LOCOMOTIVE PRODUCTION, ANTEVITA FILMS (USA, Latvia, Luxembourg)
    „One of the great forces of contemporary feminist animation, here Signe Baumane offers us a second feature film pursuing an approach that’s both unique and consistent. It is equally intimate and drole, without forgetting the joy brought us by the songs interspersed throughout the story.“

  •  Nayola, by José Miguel RIBEIRO
    Production: PRAÇA FILMES (Portugal, Belgium, Netherlands, France)
    „Political and social, José Miguel Ribeiro delves into Angolan history to relate the fate of three women from the same family, a tribute to the struggle of brave Angolan women whose lives are imprinted with the violence of history. This is a highly successful passage from short formats to feature film by a reputed short filmmaker.“
  • Blind Willows, Sleeping Woman, by Pierre FOLDES
    Production: MIYU PRODUCTIONS, CINÉMA DEFACTO (Canada, France, Luxembourg)
    „This may very well be the most eagerly-awaited animation feature of the year! Adapted freely from several of Haruki Murakami’s short stories, the film is highly unique, its structure honoring the traits of the novellas which inspired the filmmaker.“

  • The Island, by Anca DAMIAN
    Production: APARTE FILM (Romania, France, Belgium)
    „Using her unique and always surprising style, Anca Damian, winner of the 2012 Feature Film Cristal, freely revisits the myth of Robinson Crusoe, treating viewers with a dive into her baroque realm.“

  • Unicorn Wars, by Alberto VAZQUEZ
    Production: ABANO PRODUCIÓNS, UNIKO ESTUDIO CREATIVO, AUTOUR DE MINUIT, SCHMUBY PRODUCTIONS (Spain, France)
    „Prolific and gifted, the Spaniard Alberto Vazquez favors us with his second feature film, so striking with its visual opulence, its generous staging and its originality. A pleasure not only for the eyes but for the spirit as well!“

 

Check out the Feature Films in the Official Competition

 

And 10 feature films competing in the Contrechamp category:
  • Aurora’s Sunrise, by Inna SAHAKYAN
    Production: GEBRÜDER BEETZ FILMPRODUKTION, BARS MEDIA, ARTBOX LAISVALAIKIO KLUBAS, VS! (Germany, Armenia, Lithuania)
    „In this animated documentary so impeccably directed by Inna Sahakyan, Aurora Mardiganian, star of silent movies, comes back to life to tell the story of the genocide she survived. This is a work which draws its breath from the winds of history.“ Marcel Jean
  • Home Is Somewhere Else, by Carlos HAGERMAN, Jorge VILLALOBOS
    Production: BRINCA ANIMATION STUDIO, SHINE GLOBAL (USA, Mexico)
    „Another animated documentary here focused on the fates and dreams of young Mexicans migrating to the U.S. Three stories with as many graphic and technical styles, a film of burning topicality.“
  • Khamsa – The Well of Oblivion, by Khaled CHIHEB
    Production : D-CLIK (Algeria)
    „What bliss to welcome an Algerian feature film to this competition for the very first time! Leisurely, contemplative and almost esoteric, Khamsa reminds us of Laloux at times and of Laguionie’s Gwen at others… In the end, the result is eminently personal and promises beautiful tomorrows for North African animation.“
  • The Other Shape (La otra forma), by Diego GUZMAN
    Production: HIERRO ANIMACIÓN, SMITH & SMITH (Colombia)
    „This year, the honor of representing South America in the Contrechamp category goes to Colombian Diego Guzman. He offers us a dialogue-free futuristic film, an intriguing trip through a hallucinatory world.“
  • My Grandfather’s Demons (Os demónios do meu avô), by Nuno BEATO  Production: SARDINHA EM LATA, MARMITAFILMS, CARETOS FILM (Spain, France, Portugal „A real swoop down into the family novel, My Grandfather’s Demons surprises by its transition from one technique to the next, as well as by the density of its discourse on roots and the impact of the latter on our social relationships.“
  • Dozens of Norths (Ikuta no Kita), by Koji YAMAMURA
    Production: YAMAMURA ANIMATION, MIYU PRODUCTIONS (France, Japan)
    „A regular of the Festival, Koji Yamamura brings us a contemplative and enigmatic first feature which builds languid fascination while his neat graphics unfold subtly. Definitely a film to discover.“

  • Quantum Cowboys, by Geoff MARSLETT
    Production: FIT VIA VI (USA)
    “Now here is a very strange Western in which the director uses rotoscoping and adds elements of time travel. An eye-opener for the selection committee and a film we want to share today with festival-goers.”
  •  Silver Bird and Rainbow Fish, by Lei LEI
    Production: C RAY STUDIO, CHINESE SHADOWS (USA, Netherlands)
    „The Chinese artist Lei Lei is back, with this teeming feature where he explores his family past, creating a kind of huge surrealistic collage dotted with pop art references. First shown in Rotterdam, Silver Bird and Rainbow Fish is one of the most singular objects of the 2022 Annecy selection.“
  • Chun Tae-il: A Flame That Lives On (Tae-il-i), by Jun-pyo HONG Production: MYUNG FILMS (South Korea) „This is a film that sweeps us into the heart of the Seoul tailors’ labor struggles. Of classic composition, this moving social drama is sourced in the true story of one of the labor movement’s most emblematic figures.“ 
  • Yaya e Lennie – The Walking Liberty, by Alessandro RAK
    Production: MAD ENTERTAINMENT SPA (Italy)
    „For his third representation in Annecy competition, the Italian Alessandro Rak is back with a lighthearted film, an ecological sci-fi fable. At times Yaya e Lennie seems as if it is transposing Of Mice and Men into a post-apocalyptic scene.“

Check out the Feature Films in the Contrechamp Competition

This was also the time to remind viewers that the opening film will be

Minions: The Rise of Gru,

as well as to announce:

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  • the first footage from Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (Part One), directed by Joaquim Dos Santos, Kemp Powers and Justin K. Thompson;
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  • the first footage from Puss in Boots: The Last Wish, directed by Joel Crawford of DreamWorks;
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  • the first footage from Ernest and Celestine, a Trip to Gibberitia, directed by Jean-Christophe Roger and Julien Chheng of Studio Folivari;
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  • the feature film Les Secrets de mon père by Véra Belmont;
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  • Walt Disney Animation Studios presents a look ahead at Strange World plus the studio’s Chief Creative Officer and Oscar-winning Director/Writer of Frozen & Frozen 2, Jennifer Lee, to receive Annecy’s Honorary Cristal Award;
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  • Disney and Pixar’s Lightyear – Special screening with Director Angus MacLane and Producer Galyn Susman in person;
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  • and also The Sea Beast, directed by Chris Williams and produced by Netflix Animation.

Explore the full list of the Screening Events sessions

Next June, festival-goers will have the immense pleasure of discovering sneak preview footage from 15 projects now taking shape: 8 feature films, 3 series, 3 XR experiences and 1 short film.

Check out all the WIP

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