L'extraordinaire voyage de Marona

Anca Damian

IFFR 2020

Limelight

  • 92'
  • France
  • 2018

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.

Director
Anca Damian
Countries of production
France, Romania, Belgium
Production Year
2018
Festival Edition
IFFR 2020
Length
92'
Medium
DCP
International title
Marona's Fantastic Tale
Language
French
Producers
Ron Dyens, Anca Damian
Production Companies
Sacrebleu Productions, Aparte Film
Sales
Charades
Screenplay
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
Local Distributor
Windmill Film