ANNECY– Paris-based gross sales agent Doc & Movie Worldwide has picked up worldwide rights to Aurélien Froment’s function debut “Josep,” which was offered throughout a packed WIP session on the Annecy Pageant on Tuesday.
The function is an emotional and fantastically crafted portrait of Josep Bartolí, the Catalan illustrator, soldier, Hollywood stage designer, and painter who fought within the Spanish Civil Struggle and fled to Mexico after escaping from a focus camp. Within the U.S. he was a part of the influential 10th Avenue artists group, which included luminaries like Willem de Kooning and Jackson Pollock. After touchdown on Senator Joseph McCarthy’s blacklist throughout his tenure in Hollywood, Bartolí was compelled to flee to Mexico. He died in New York on the age of 85, leaving a noteworthy and but poorly acknowledged inventive legacy.
Bartolí’s wonderful life journey impressed the movie, a veritable love-story and homage to a ardour for drawing. “Selecting up ‘Josep’ was a pure choice,” stated Daniela Elstner at Doc & Movie.
“‘Josep’ is a movie in regards to the act of drawing, its that means and its crucial necessity. At a time the place everyone seems to be overwhelmed by so many photos, we consider in its political message, in Aurel’s poetic imaginative and prescient, and in addition within the unbelievable staff working with him.”
Elstner expressed confidence in regards to the wide-ranging enchantment of “Josep.” “Bartolí’s story is common and timeless: we are going to at all times want honest artists capable of problem us by means of their drawings, to supply us new views to debate,” she stated. “Identical to Bartolí, Aurel comes from this house the place drawing is a dedication. Such similarities between the 2 of them makes this venture very particular to us.”
“Josep” is produced by Serge Lalou and Anne-Marie Luccioni’s Les Movies d’Ici Méditerranée, in co-production with Les Movies du Poisson Rouge, In Efecto, Tchack, Belgium’s Lunanime and Promenons-nous dans les bois and Barcelona-based B-Water Studio. Spanish singer Silvia Pérez Cruz (“A Twelve Years Evening,” “The Fury of a Affected person Man”) will compose the movie’s soundtrack. Script is penned by Jean-Louis Milesi (“The place the Coronary heart is,” “Lino”), a frequent collaborator of French auteur Robert Guediguian.
Froment defined that the movie could have two major segments, “a up to date one and one other, memories-based one. The primary one affords a extra ‘traditional’ strategy on animation. The memories-driven half is rather more based mostly on drawings.”
He continued: “Drawings are what I do. What Josep did. We’re graphic artists. Drawing artists. We attempt to transcribe motion right into a non-movement image. We attempt to seize actual motion and to summarize it in only one drawing. That is what I attempt to discover on this a part of the film, as if we’d invite the viewers to look at the illustrator’s work over his shoulder… plugged in to his personal creativeness.”
On the WIP session, Froment described the method behind a number of scenes nonetheless within the conceptual stage, from the decoupage to the incorporation of colour and animation. He stated he created reference drawings for the animation studios with low-quality paper, charcoal, pencils and outdated brushes soaked in soiled water, to evocative impact.
“Josep” is slated for launch within the second half of 2020. It will likely be launched in France by way of Sophie Du Lac Distribution.
French, English, Catalan and Spanish shall be spoken within the movie, whose voice casting consists of Sergi López, Philippe Nahon and François Morel. Pérez Cruz may also voice three characters, together with Frida Kahlo, Bartolí’s lover throughout his time in Mexico.
At Annecy’s WIP session, Cruz sang a section of a poem by Spanish poet Miguel Hernández (“Struggle”) included within the movie, which was obtained with applause.