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ANNECY, France — French production house Maybe Movies has a long and fruitful relationship with the Annecy Intl. Animation Festival, which was further strengthened this year by a works in progress presentation for the studio’s upcoming feature, “Calamity, a Childhood of Martha Jane Cannary.”
Co-producing on the feature is Denmark’s Nørlum along with French company Sacrebleu Productions and broadcaster France 3 Cinéma. Nørlum is also handling animation with French studio 2 Minutes. Gebeka Films has French distribution rights with broadcasters Canal Plus, France 3 and Ciné Plus also on board. International sales are handled by French powerhouse Indie Sales.
Calamity - Origin - Story - Figure - Martha
“Calamity” is a stylized origin story of American historical figure Martha Jane Cannary, better known as Calamity Jane. It kicks off in 1863 with she and her family part of a convoy heading west. Martha’s father is injured on the journey, and it falls on the young girl to drive the wagon and care for the animals.
The going gets tough, but Martha gets going and discovers a freedom she’s never known. For the sake of practicality Martha swaps her skit for pants and rolls up her sleeves, much to the chagrin of the party’s leader Abraham. He accuses her of theft, forcing Martha to head out on her own into a world that will challenge her in ways she can’t imagine.
Producer - Henri - Magalon - Variety - Film
Producer Henri Magalon talked with Variety after the film’s work in progress session about inspiration, research and the studio’s connection to Annecy.
What was it about the story of Calamity Jane that appealed to you, that inspired you to make this film?
Way - North - Feature - Rémi - Chayé
“Long Way North,” our previous feature with Rémi Chayé, was already a quest to portray women in a different way. Tolerance and equality of opportunity between men and women is a favorite theme for Rémi, and as we practice gender equality in the...
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