Award-winning animation film offers poetic journey into parallel world

Award-winning animation film offers poetic journey into parallel world
By Euronews

This week in Cinema Box, we bring you the wonderful French animation film ‘April and the Extraordinary World’ (original title: ‘Avril et le monde truqué’).

1941. France is stuck in time in the pre-industrial era, in a world ruled by coal, where scientists vanish mysteriously. April is a teenage girl who lives alone with her talking cat following the disappearance of her own scientist parents. One day, while trying to find a remedy for her sick pet, she invents a mysterious serum, which marks the start of an epic and life-changing journey.

By the same animation studio that delivered the poignant ‘Persepolis’, the film takes viewers on a riveting and poetic journey through an alternate world.

The graphic design is by French comics master Jacques Tardi, and has a delicious vintage feel with its rich 2D universe, offering a welcome break from the ubiquitous computer-animated features.

The voices are spot-on with award-winning actress Marion Cotillard as April and legendary French actor Jean Rochefort playing her mad scientist grand-father. Singer Philippe Katerine’s cat is priceless.

‘April and the extraordinary world’, which deservedly claimed the top prize at this year’s Annecy Animated Film Festival, is a rare movie that will inspire adults and kids alike.
We hope you enjoy it, see you soon in Cinema Box.