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BARCELONA – Rémi Chayé’s “Calamity, a Childhood of Martha Jane Cannary,” Anca Damian’s “The Island,” Fernando Trueba and Javier Mariscal’s “They Shot the Piano Player,” and Enrique Gato’s “Tad the Lost Explorer and the Curse of the Mummy” are among the sixty-six projects from twenty countries to be pitched at the 22nd Cartoon Movie, Europe’s leading animated movie co-production event. Cartoon Movie will take place in the French port city of Bordeaux, kicking off March 3rd.
Projects will be accessible for buyers and potential partners and will be pitched in different stages of production: 28 in concept, 27 in development, six in production and five sneak previews. The five projects at the sneak preview showcase and the six in production have previously been to Cartoon Movie in preliminary production stages. Twenty-three projects are co-productions.
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A family adventure, Rémi Chayé’s (acclaimed “Long Way North”) sophomore feature depicts the childhood of the legendary Calamity Jane. A female-driven story, as in “Long Way,” it kicks off when 12-year-old Martha Jane must take charge of her siblings after her father is hurt in a serious accident while driving a large convoy to the West in search of a better life. “Calamity” is a co-production from Denmark’s Nørlum and France’s Maybe Movies. International sales are handled by Paris-based Indie Sales (Academy Award nominated hit “My Life as a Zucchini”).
Another legendary figure, Robinson Crusoe, inspires “The Island,” directed by Romanian animator Anca Damian (“Marona’s Fantastic Tale”). As a voluntary castaway, Crusoe watches as his peaceful solitude on the Mediterranean Sea is disrupted by a steady flow of migrants and NGO guards. “The Island” is a young adult-oriented musical comedy. Its score is a version of Ada Milea and Alexander Balanescu’s musical album of the same title. Currently in production, “The Island” is produced by Romania’s Ap Arte Film...
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