Vivement Lundi ! signs deal to co-produce 70-minute stop-motion film with Maur Film, Artichoke, and ZVVIKS.
Vivement Lundi !, the French studio behind Bruno Collet’s Oscar-nominated stop-motion short, Mémorable, has just signed on to co-produce the stop-motion animated feature film, Of Unwanted Things and People. The production house joins Maur Film (Czech Republic), Artichoke (Slovakia), and ZVVIKS (Slovenia) on the 70-minute feature, currently in pre-production; the €2.5 million budgeted film is set to begin production next September, with an anticipated release date of 2023. Patricia Ortiz Martinez is the film’s art director; Ivana Laucikova, Leon Vidmar and David Sukup - have been confirmed as three of the four planned co-directors.
Adapted from short stories by Czech author Arnost Goldflam, Of Unwanted Things and People tells how an aging writer decides to leave legacy stories for his grandchildren. In his stories, the old man tackles themes that are often considered taboo in children’s stories, but which can prove essential in their social construction: the death of parents, the loneliness of elderly people whose lives are more rhythmic than by routines, the fugue of a little boy who feels misunderstood by his parents and who finds refuge in a strange and wonderful universe.
Based in Rennes, Vivement Lundi ! has produced animated films and series for over twenty years. The company received the European producer’s Cartoon Tribute in 2015. They are currently co-producers on three feature films: Flee by Jonas Poher Rasmussen, a Danish film produced by Final Cut For Real and the studio Sun Creature, now finishing post-production; Dogs and Italians Not Allowed by Alain Ughetto, a stop-motion animated feature produced by Les Films du Tambour de Soie, currently being produced in Valence, France at Foliascope Studio; and Yuku, by Arnaud Demuynck and Rémi Durin, a Belgian animated musical for young audience produced by Artemis, currently in the funding stage.
Source: Vivement Lundi !
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