After having moved the festival-goers of Annecy 2021 then the public during a screening of “Annecy comes alive” in June, here is Whizzy, the cute little mouse, who sets off to storm the dark rooms of France… “Even the mice go to paradise ”is on the national display this Wednesday, October 27 for the All Saints holidays. An expected output, because far too delayed by the health crisis. Sure that with Whitebelly, the fox with whom she finds herself in animal paradise after an unfortunate accident, Whizzy will touch the hearts of young audiences.
One hundred sets, 80 puppets … and curious little spectators
Between Annecy and Whizzy, it’s a beautiful story that began in 2014 during the international animated film market (Mifa) when the Annecy producer, Alexandre Charlet – who runs Les Films du Cygne and fights every day to defend the cinema (animation but not only) – discovered the first designs, “the potential of sets, animals, the energy and emotions that emanate from them”. Vladimír Lhoták, Vladimír Lhoták, in what would become an example of a successful European co-production.
Produced between Annecy and Prague, this animated feature film filled with poetry, speaks to children of death, but also of love and friendship, “in a playful and deliberately a little naive form”, according to his works. two directors, Denisa Grimmová and Jan Bubenícek. They filmed more than a hundred puppets, in more than 80 sets and on eight simultaneous sets, for nearly 14 months.
“The entire stop-motion part was carried out in Czechia from January 2019 to February 2020. and the production of digital elements, and ensuring the transfer of data between the different sites”, recalls Alexandre Charlet, who is delighted to see the film programmed in Annecy (aux Nemours), Thonon and Sallanches and in more than 120 cinemas in France.
Two special screenings in Annecy on the 1stuh November
“Finding the atmosphere of a movie theater, where we share hear emotions, where we our neighbor laugh, cry, it’s incomparable,” he says. Especially since the adventures of Whizzy and Whitebelly make the children react. He measures it while he has been traveling the country for a few weeks at the option of the sessions organized for the release of the film. “I was in Coulommiers with 450 children, there were questions, both about the technique of puppets that I had understood with me, and about the story… It was incredible! »Says Alexandre Charlet, who, if he is delighted with the reception given to the film, is worried about the state of health of independent cinema in France. “We have to give people back the desire to go to the cinema, we have to create events, appointments, where we meet …” What he will do, him, the 1uh November in Annecy during two special screenings at Les Nemours at 2 p.m. and 4.30 p.m.