Annecy: Luiz Bolognesi Readies Indigenous Adventure Drama ‘O Estrangeira’

Variety | 6/12/2018 | Emilio Mayorga
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ANNECY, France — Luiz Bolognesi’s next animation feature, “O estrangeira” (‘The Foreigner’), will be presented on June 14 at Annecy’s Animation du Monde pitching sessions, launched in 2015 to reflect the build in world cinema animation.

Bolognesi‘s debut, “Rio 2096, a Story of Love and Fury,” took the Annecy Festival’s best picture Cristal in 2013.

Techniques - Animation - Feature - Alê - Abreu

Animated in classic 2D techniques and budgeted at $1.9 million, the animation feature will be produced by Alê Abreu’s Filme de Papel and Laís Bodanzky’s Buriti Filmes. The production company of Abreu, Academy Award-nominated and an Annecy Cristal Award winner for “Boy and the World,” has sealed a production agreement with Buriti, founded by Bodanzky (“Just Our Like Parents”) and Bolognesi, which sees the three producer-directors alternatively producing features directed by another of the partners.

“O estrangeira” links to Bolognesi’s “Ex-Shamam,” which received a Berlinale special mention for documentary this year and follows an elderly former shaman in an Amazon indigenous community who grew up without contact with white invaders, and to ”Rio 2096,” a vision of Brazilian history from the point of view of an indigenous warrior, Tupinambá.

Strangeira - Story - Helena - Girl - Yanomami

”Strangeira” tells the story of 13-year-old Helena, a girl who was kidnapped by Yanomami Indians in the Brazilian Amazon Forest in 1936. After trying to escape several times, Helena adapted to indigenous culture, learnt their magical cosmology and married the young warrior Fusiwé. Integrated, Helena comes to face a dilemma –a life with her former Catholic relatives, or remaining with the Yanomami community.

According to Bolognesi, the feature will explore the “essence of...
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