Attendance increased by 8% compared to its record year of 2019, hundreds of short and feature films presented by filmmakers from all over the world, sold-out rooms… After two years of fully digital or semi-online version due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Annecy International Animation Film Festival has finally resumed these beautiful and vivid colors. The 2022 edition brought together and provoked exchanges throughout the city. As is customary, the paper airplanes launched by the public before each screening once again flew overhead. The applause ardently celebrated this return to normal. Above all, they seemed to thank the emotions that many films have provoked this year. As evidenced by the prize list of the official competition returned, Saturday, June 18, during the closing ceremony.
By awarding the Cristal for feature film to the film The little Nicolas. What are we waiting for to be happy?, by Amandine Frodon and Benjamin Massoubre, the jury has chosen to reward, among the ten works in the running, a jewel of tenderness and delicacy. A film of resilience, deliciously nostalgic and damn invigorating, in which the line of Jean-Jacques Sempé is reborn and prolonged (identically), comes alive to tell us about his long friendship with René Goscinny, childhood, beginnings difficulties, the vocation of one and the other, then the birth of their little hero and his band of friends. Which come back to life, intrude into the story of the journeys of their authors, of whom they were, sometimes, the comforters.
The Jury Prize crowned another moving film, Forbidden to dogs and Italiansby Alain Ughetto (whose previous film, Jasmine, had already competed in Annecy, in 2013). A unanimous favorite of the festival, this feature film retraces, using modeling clay characters, the story of the director’s grandfather, who left for northern Italy at the beginning of the 20th century.e century to reach France and find work. Built on a fictional dialogue between the grandmother and her grandson, Alain Ughetto, the film crosses the ages and the mountains, reconstructs the family tree, weaves the link between the generations, pays homage to the craftsmanship at the same time as he stages it. Forbidden to dogs and Italianswhich refers to the signs that once hung on the doors of traders in France, sends us back to the perpetual movement of history through the graceful story, full of inventiveness, of a family transmission whose values seem to find their point here. of culmination.
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