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Production Begins on Ari Folman’s ‘Where Is Anne Frank?’

Filmmakers were granted access to the Frank family archives and plan a family-oriented feature in which the young girl’s cat wakes in modern day Europe and tries to find out what happened to her.

Production has begun on ‘Where Is Anne Frank?,’ a feature written and directed by award-winning filmmaker Ari Folman.

The production of the animated film Where Is Anne Frank?, written and directed by Oscar-nominated and Golden Globe-winning director Ari Folman (Waltz With Bashir, The Congress), has begun in Folman's animation studio in Jaffa, Israel.

The pre-production will be followed by animation production in early 2019 at Walking The Dog studios in Brussels, Doghouse Films in Luxembourg and Submarine in Amsterdam.

The family movie follows the story of Kitty, Anne Frank's imaginary friend, who wakes up today in Amsterdam after a miracle, and travels on a quest all over Europe to find out what happened to Anne during the last seven months of her life.

Frank is known as the author of The Diary of a Young Girl, which recounts her life as a Jew hiding from Nazi occupiers in The Netherlands from 1942 until 1944, when her family was discovered by German soldiers, and sent to concentration camps where Frank and her family died.

The film is based on research by Folman's team, which was granted access to the Frank family archives.

Jani Thiltges produces with Folman. Wild Bunch is handling international sales. The film is a coproduction between Purple Whale - Walking the Dog (Belgium), Samsa Film – Doghouse Films (Luxembourg), Bridgit Folman Film Gang (Israel) and Submarine (The Netherlands).

Source: Purple Whale Films

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