In Cannes, the animation on an alternating current

It's never seen on the Croisette! Ten animated films will be presented: six short films and four feature films. A level rarely – if ever – reached in Cannes, whose penchant for animation is plugged into AC power.

This year, the voltage is good. Among the seven films in the official selection (another record) are three feature films, two of which compete in the "Un certain regard" section: The Famous Invasion of the bears in Sicily, by Lorenzo Mattotti, adapted from a youth book by Dino Buzzati, Swallows of Kabul, another adaptation, here of a novel by Yasmina Khadra, directed by Zabou Breitman and Eléa Gobbé-Mévellec. A restored version of the first Japanese cartoon in color, The White Serpent (1958), will be shown in the section "Cannes classics".

First images of The Famous Invasion of the bears in Sicily

In the Semaine de la critique, a parallel selection to the festival, a fourth feature film is presented, I lost my body, by Jérémy Clapin, adapted from a novel by Guillaume Laurant featuring a sectioned hand, endowed with life, searching for his body.

Ten films in ten years in the official selection

But Cannes 2019 is not it the tree that hides the forest? For ten years, the number of feature films in official selection is counted on the fingers of both hands. The small world of animation feels well neglected by the biggest festival in the world. "Ten films, it's too little, Judge Sabine Zipci, Delegate General of the French Association of Animated Cinema (Afca), if we take into account the large number of feature films produced each year. "

A cyclical production that sees exceptional wines succeed to years of scarcity. In 2018, no animated feature film was in official selection. We must go back to 2008 to find a work in competition, Waltz with Bachir, by Ari Folman, an autobiographical account of his involvement in the war in Lebanon, and in 2007, for a cartoon awarded by the jury of the festival, with Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud.

"The Red Turtle", the island of all new beginnings

There were some more generous editions, like the one of 2016 which lives The red turtleMichael Dudok's sublime philosophical tale of Wit wins a special Jury Prize in the "Un certain regard" section.

Stars for "voices" and for "marches"

But how to understand that The Tale of Princess Kaguya, ultimate masterpiece of Isao Takahata, co-founder of the Ghibli studio, was not selected in official selection while Dragons 2, blockbuster from Dreamworks, was it out of competition?

Prestigious distribution is perhaps for something, the boss of this American studio, Jeffrey Katzenberg, having enlisted stars to ensure the dubbing of animated characters, then promote the film and climb the steps of Cannes.

This is also the reason why the team dealing with animation in Cannes, aware that speaking animals were not the weight against Brigitte Bardot, seceded to go to create in 1960 the International Film Festival. Annecy.

Cannes 2019, a competition full of promise

Its organizers, however, have been associated since 2015 with the Marché du film to create "Animation Day", which presents five feature-length films currently under development, including: SamSam, adaptation of the adventures of the hero of Small apple (Bayard magazine, publisher of The cross). A little superhero whose red costume would harmonize ideally with the carpet of the palace Cannes …

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