The Danish animated documentary is once again the big winner and succeeds Calamity, a childhood of Martha Jane Cannary, by Rémi Chayé, awarded in 2020.
All week long, rumors roared in Annecy: the supreme prize was going to be played out between two films. On the one hand Crossing by Florence Miailhe, on the other Flee by Danish director Jonas Poher Rasmussen. It is ultimately the latter who won this evening the highly prized Cristal for the feature film, as well as the Gan Foundation prize for broadcasting. Flee is a fascinating animated documentary, which mixes drawings and extracts from the archives with live action to tell the true story of Amin, an Afghan who had to flee his country in the late 1980s when he was born. was just a child when the mujahedin took power. At 36, he is now a university student in Denmark, and in a relationship with a man. Flee will be visible on Arte by the end of the year. Unless this award finally allows him to go out to the cinema?
Annecy 2021: Flee, survival at human height [critique]
Crossing, who had received a standing ovation on behalf of the public, will have had to be satisfied with the mention of the Jury of the Annecy Festival. A visually splendid feature film, co-scripted by novelist Marie Desplechin, telling the story of a plundered village, a fleeing family and two children lost on the roads of exile. Crossing will be released in theaters on September 29th.
The jury prize goes to My afghan family by Michaela Pavlátová, the story of Herra, a young Czech woman who falls in love with Nazir, an Afghan. She has no idea what life awaits her in post-Taliban Afghanistan, nor of the family she is about to integrate. A progressive grandfather, an adopted child who shines with his intelligence and Freshta, who would do anything to escape her husband’s violent grip.
As for the Contrechamp selection, the price comes down to Bob Spit – We Do Not Like People, while Archipel receives the mention of the jury. It should also be noted that the Crystal for best VR work was awarded to Replacements (Penggantian).
” The 2021 edition of the Annecy and Mifa International Animated Film Festival has just ended. An edition of “combat”, as described by its director Mickaël Marin, who brought together more than 8,000 accredited on site for half of them or online », Assures the organizers in a press release. ” Despite a still unstable health situation, professionals from 96 countries and the local general public were finally able to celebrate a 60th anniversary, postponed for a year and long awaited. “
The entire list is available on the festival site.
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