During the first moments of L'extraordinaire voyage de Marona, a pavement drawing of a curled-up dog blinks its eyes a few last times. Marona is bidding farewell, while the wind blows away the chalk dust. This heralds the start of a mind-blowing animation. The dying pet reminisces about its various owners – from street performers to builders. The more experiences we watch the dog have, the more melancholy invades its life.

The story’s mainstay is the animation that seems entirely random. Cut out water colours traverse the screen, sets consist of a couple of lines and fluidly transform. One moment we are zooming through a cardboard Paris, the next, Mondrianesque surroundings appear or planets pass by. Entirely free, as if the drawings have a will of their own. Beautifully expressive and endlessly imaginative.

International title
Marona's Fantastic Tale
Filmmaker
Anca Damian
Country
France, Romania, Belgium
Year
2018
Medium
DCP
Length
92’
Language
French
Producer
Ron Dyens, Anca Damian
Production Company
Sacrebleu Productions, Aparte Film
Sales
Charades
Writer
Anghel Damian
Editor
Boubkar Benzabat
Production Design
Brecht Evens
Music
Pablo Pico
Cast
voices of: Lizzie Brochere, Bruno Salomone, Thierry Hancisse, Nathalie Boutefeu, Shirelle Mai-Yvart, Maïra Schmitt