Annecy: Gkids Picks Up ‘Marona’s Fantastic Tale’ for U.S. (EXCLUSIVE)

Variety | 6/11/2019 | John Hopewell
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In the first high-profile U.S. deal at this year’s Annecy Animation Film Festival, New York’s Gkids has secured North American rights to main Annecy competition contender “Marona’s Fantastic Tale.”

In negotiation before the festival, the deal was sealed at Annecy on Monday by Carole Baraton at Charades, which is handling worldwide sales on the film, and Gkids CEO Eric Beckman.

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Given Gkids’ remarkable record of 11 Oscar nominations for animated movies since the company launched in 2010, the deal is sure to throw an extra spotlight on “Marona’s Fantastic Tale,” which represents a move toward family entertainment by Romania’s Anca Damian. Her animated docu-feature “Crulic: The Path to Beyond,” which was set in a Polish prison, won the top Cristal for best feature film at the 2012 Annecy Festival.

Admired at 2018’s Cartoon Movie, where Damian presented excerpts, and presented again at this year’s event, “Marona’s Fantastic Tale” is billed as a lesson in love, about an average dog and her extraordinary life. The film is animated in a range of styles, from expressionistic sketches to crayon drawings and scenes with detailed backgrounds, and energized by a mobile camerawork. The central character is Marona, a mixed-breed Labrador reflecting back on her life after being hit by a car. The film...
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