The new French animated feature film, “Adama,” from directors Simon Rouby and Julien Lilti, will make its New York premiere at the New York International Children’s Film Festival (NYICFF) next month.
Set to screen twice – on Sun Mar 06, 12:15pm, at the SVA Theatre, and on Sat Mar 12, 4pm, at Bow Tie Chelsea Cinemas – “Adama” is produced by Naia Productions.
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.
As I live in New York, I definitely plan to check out the film when it screens at the NYICFF next month. Maybe I’ll see you there. For tickets to either screening, click here.
Trailer for “Adama” embedded below (along with several images from the film).