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‘Isle of Black Mor’: The beauty of French animation cinema

Acclaimed French director Jean-François Laguionie’s animation film ‘L’ile de Black Mor’ (Isle of Black Mor) will be screened at the Alliance Francaise at 3 pm on Tuesday April 28 and 6.30 pm on Wednesday April 29.

The animation set in the year 1803, on the Cornish coast where a 15 year old Kid escapes from the orphanage and lived the life of a hard-labour prisoner. His only possession is the map of a treasure island that fell from the book of Black Mor and with two wreck looters, MacGregor and Beanpole, Kid goes off in search of the famous island way across the Atlantic Ocean. But things don’t happen like in pirate books…

Director Jean-François Laguionie firstly wrote the story of Black Mor’s Island as a novel. A story which is the fruit of his childhood dreams, dreams of maritime adventures inspired by Joseph Conrad and Robert Louis Stevenson. The production of the project was strewn with problems.

“I could not help comparing this project to a boat which never manages to get out to sea: the script was turned down by French broadcasters, there was no producer, the development budget was pared down to a minimum. In the meantime we continued to believe in the project, refining the dialogues, drawing the rocks and boats on the Irish and Cornish coasts, the faces in the Irish pubs… We still believe, sailors know what this means,” Laguionie had said describing about his direction.

Critically acclaimed, the film won Adult’s Jury Award - Certificate of Merit at Chicago International Children’s Film Festival.

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