The crossing

feature film – 77′ – 2019

SYNOPSIS

A looted village, a family on the run and two children chased into exile… Kyona and Adriel flee their pursurers in search of a country with a more lenient regime. During a journey that takes them from childhood to adolescence, they cross a continent obsessed with hunting down migrants, and have to survive extraordinary and very real challenges before reaching a new world where they can at last be free.

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DIRECTION

Florence Mailhe

SCRIPT

Florence Mailhe & Marie Desplechin

PRODUCTION

Les films de l’Arlequin, Balance Film, MaurFilm & Xbo Films

TECHNIQUE

Paint-on-glass

DISTRIBUTION

Gébéka Films – released  September 29th 2021

Indie Sales

Born in 1956, Florence graduated from the Ecole Na- tionale des Arts Décoratifs with a specialization in engraving. She began her professional career as a layout artist for the press, exhibiting drawings and engravings. In 1991, she directed her first short film Hammam. Since then, she has imposed a very personal style on animation cinema. She makes her films with paint, pastel or sand, directly under the camera by overlapping. Her work has been noticed in various festivals in France and abroad. She received the César for the best short film in 2002 for Au premier dimanche d’août, a special mention at the Cannes Film Festival in 2006 for Conte de Quartier and in 2015 received a Cristal d’honneur at the 39th Annecy International Animation Film Festival for her work. She has worked as a teacher in various animation schools: Gobelins, ENSAD, La Poudrière… and continues in parallel to the realization her work as a visual artist. Most of her films were written in collaboration with the writer Marie Desplechin. Their feature film The Crossing received in 2010 the award for best screenplay at the Festival Premiers Plans in Angers and was the subject of an exhibition at the Abbey of Fontevraud. In 2017 he received the Gan Foundation for Cinema award.

César nomination for the best animation film (Feature film
Tributes Cartoon Movie nomination for “Best director of the year”
Special Mention from the Jury at the Annecy Animation Festival (France)
Prix du Public at the Animation Is Film festival in Los Angeles (USA)
Best Long-Trajectory Award at the Animest Festival in Bucharest (Romania)
Daniel Langlois Innovation Award and Audentia Award at the Festival du Nouveau Cinéma à Montréal (Canada)
Grand Prix, the Prix du Public and the Prix Spécial (Diversity Award) at the Bucheon Animation Film Festival (Corée du Sud)
2nd Prize ex-Aequo at the Future Film Festival of Bologne (Italy)
Jury Award at the Zlin Film Festival (Czech Republic)
Be TV Award at the festival Anima (Belgium)
Special Mention at the festival IndieJunior (Portugal)
2nd Award ex-Aequo at the Future Film Festival of Bologna (Italia)
Best international animation movie at the Cinephile Society
France 24 Award at the French Film Festival in Institut Français in Roma
Jury Special Award at the Monstra, Lisboa Animation Festival (Portugal)
Special Mention at the International Filmfestival Assen (Netherlands)
André Martin Prize at Festival National d’Animation de Rennes
Audience Award at Amman International Film Festival (Jordanie)

Annecy Festival 2021, Palm Springs IFF (USA), Cinefranco (Canada), Ale Kino IFF (Poland), Animateka (Slovenia), GIRAF animation festival (Canada), Miami Jewish Film Festival (USA), Animalab (Georgia), Festival international du cinéma francophone en Acadi (Canada), Black movie Festival (Switzerland), Dok Leipzig (Germany), Zlin Film Festival (Czech Republic), Future Film Festival (Italy), Torino FF (Italy), Leiden IFF (Netherlands), Big Cartoon Festival (Russia), El Gouna Film Festival (Egypt), New Talent festival Prime the Animation (Spain), Antalya Film Festival (Turkey), Warsaw IFF (Poland), Animest (Romania), San Sebastian IFF (Spain), Festival du Nouveau Cinéma (Canada), Cinemagic Belfast International Film Festival (Ireland), BFI London Film Festival (UK), Animatou (Switzerland), Animation is Film (USA), BIAF (South Korea), FICG- Guadalajara (Mexico), Fantoche Animation IFF (Switzerland), Haifa IFF (Israel), Sarajevo IFF (Bosnia), National Festival Animation of Rennes (France), Festival Liberec (Czech Republic), Anima Fest (Croatia), Amman International Film Festival (Jordan) …

With the support of CNC, Arte Cinema, Région Occitanie, Toulouse Métropole, Fondation Gan pour le Cinéma, de Ciclic - Région Centre Val de Loire, Abbaye de Fontevraud, Cinémage Sofica, Cofinova 5, Angoa and Procirep (France). With the support of Mitteldeutsche Medienforderung (MDM), Filmförderungsanstalt (FFA) and Deutscher Filmförderungsfonds (DFFF) (Germany). With the support of Czech Film Fund (Czech Republic). With the support of MEDIA Programme of the European Union and d'Eurimages (Europe). In collaboration with Arte France, Arte Allemagne, Ceska Televize, Mitteldeutsche Rundfunk, Gebeka, Farbfilm Verleih, Pilot Film and Indie Sales