Calamity, A Childhood Of Martha Jane Cannary to open Animation First

Rémi Chayé films to screen at the French Institute Alliance Française

by Anne-Katrin Titze

Rémi Chayé’s Calamity, A Childhood Of Martha Jane Cannary
Rémi Chayé’s Calamity, A Childhood Of Martha Jane Cannary

The French Institute Alliance Française in New York has announced that Rémi Chayé’s Calamity, A Childhood Of Martha Jane Cannary (Calamity, Une Enfance De Martha Jane Cannary), co-written with Sandra Tosello and Fabrice de Costil will open the fourth annual Animation First Festival. Calamity Jane is voiced by Salomé Boulven. Rémi Chayé joins Michaël Dudok de Wit (The Red Turtle), Michel Ocelot (Kirikou And The Sorceress) and Jean-François Laguionie (Gwen, The Book Of Sand) to become the fourth guest of honour. Chayé’s 2015 film Long Way North (Tout En Haut Du monde), written by Claire Paoletti and Patricia Valeix with a screenplay by Fabrice de Costil will also screen during the festival. Wes Anderson, the first American special guest, has selected four animated films that inspired him.

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Rémi Chayé: “It's an honour to bring Calamity Jane [Crystal Award winner for best feature at the 2020 Annecy International Animation Film Festival] to FIAF's Animation First. As an American tale, adapted by a French filmmaker, it feels uniquely suited to receive its US Premiere at this Festival, and I look forward to discussing the years-long process of bringing it to fruition with American audiences."

The US premiere of Calamity, a Childhood of Martha Jane Cannary will screen virtually in the US on Friday, February 5 from 7:00pm through 12:00am.

On Saturday, February 6 starting at 2:00pm there will be a LIVE Talk: Behind the scenes of Calamity Jane in English with Rémi Chayé.

Long Way North (Tout En Haut Du Monde) will screen virtually in the US from February 5 and through Monday, February 15.

The French Institute Alliance Française Animation First Festival in New York, co-curated by Delphine Selles-Alvarez and Catherine Lamairesse, runs from Friday, February 5 and through Monday, February 15.

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