The European Film Academy has announced the 3 nominations for the 2015 Best European Animated Feature Film award, and the upcoming French animated feature film, “Adama,” from directors Simon Rouby and Julien Lilti, is one of them!
Produced by Naia Productions, the film is scheduled for an October 21, 2015 theatrical debut – in France. No USA release date yet.
In development for three years, the film, set in 1916, in an unnamed colonized West African country, 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.
Based on a list of films provided by CARTOON, the European Association of Animation Film, as well as on individual film submissions, the European Animated Feature Film Award nominations are decided on by a committee consisting of EFA Board Member Antonio Saura, producer (Spain), animation experts Marcel Jean (Annecy FF, Canada) and Anja Šošić (Human Ark, Poland), as well as Petteri Pasanen (Anima Vitae, Finland), Iain Harvey (The Illuminated Film Company, UK) and Jacques-Rémy Girerd (director, France) – the latter three representing CARTOON.
The other 2 films joining “Adama” are “Shaun The Sheep” (from Richard Starzak & Mark Burton, a UK/France co-production) and “Song of the Sea” (from Tomm Moore, an Ireland/Belgium/Denmark/France/Luxembourg co-production).
An English-language trailer for “Adama” is embedded below (along with several images from the film).