On the 12th of June “Another Day of Life” by Damian Nenow and Raúl de la Fuente was presented at the International Animation Festival in Annecy. That was the second festival screening of the film in France, the first was its world premiere in Cannes.
The special screening in Annecy met with a very enthusiastic reception from the festival audience, receiving a 5-minute standing ovation. Even before the gala, the international sales representative announced that the film would be distributed in standard release in France, Great Britain, Italy, Scandinavia, the Baltic states, Portugal and China.
How did it happen that the first ever attempt at translating the writings of Ryszard Kapuściński into the language of film turned out to be an animated documentary feature aimed at adult audiences?
‘From the very beginning the film was intended to be a combination of live-action and animation. Most animated films are made with children in mind. You have talking animals and magical worlds, and so the audiences, adults included, view animation as the realm of pure fantasy. What we wanted to do was to combine animation with documentary in order to show real people talking about their experiences with Kapuściński. This is our way to remind the audience that our animated feature is based upon real-life experiences of existing people, that it tells stories of those people’s lives during the civil war. The medium of animation allows us to enter Kapuściński’s head in a way that would have been impossible to achieve in a pure live-action film. Therefore, the decision behind choosing this particular format has its roots in the plot itself as well as in the idea we had in our heads for the way that story should be told.’ says Ole Wendorff-Østergaard, the producer representing Platige Films, who previously worked on such films as “Antichrist” directed by Lars von Trier or “The Woman Who Dreamed of a Man” directed by Per Fly.
The Nenov – de la Fuente film tells the story of a journalist who’s left to his own devices whilst writing coverage on the Angolan Civil War just before the country’s regain of independence in 1975. During his journey he realizes that the events he is witnessing will necessitate him to become something more than a passive observer. In order to relate the history of Angola, he will have to become part of it. Is a reporter who gives an account from the front lines justified in reaching for a gun or withholding a sensational discovery for the greater cause?
This year’s edition of Annecy Film Festival is held from the 11th to the 16th of June.
“Another Day of Life” at cinemas nationwide on 2 November.