Check out these new images from an upcoming French animated feature film titled "Adama," from directors Simon Rouby and Julien Lilti, produced by Naia Productions, and scheduled for an October 21, 2015 theatrical debut – in France.
In development for three years, the film, set in 1916, in colonized West Africa, tells the story of a young boy named Adama, who goes in search of his brother, a rifleman with the French army during the First World War. His journey (by truck, ship, and train) takes him to Verdun, a small city in north-eastern France, and the site of a major battle during the First World War – one of the costliest battles of the war. It’s a trip into the unknown, to an entirely different world the boy knows nothing about, putting him face-to-face with the horrors of war.
Starring in the film, providing voice for the 12-year-old boy is Azize Diabaté, who co-starred in 2013’s "La Cite Rose" – a drama profiled on this blog, directed by Julien Abraham. He’s joined by Pascal Nzonzi and Oxmo Puccino.
The film is currently in post-production.
There will be an English-language version as well, which means that the filmmakers have release plans for the film beyond France, which is good for the rest of us.
After my first post on the project, much earlier this month, I received an email from the filmmaker, who shared further motivations (and who I’m sure I’ll chat with in detail in the future), as well as information on near-term plans for the film. Specifically, it’s heading to the Cannes Film Market (Marché du Film) next month. International sales and production company Picture Tree International, is handling world sales of the project while at the Cannes market, where it will screening for international buyers – hopefully one of them will be from the USA.
No trailer yet, except for the behind-the-scenes footage embedded below, followed by a handful of images from the film: