The French Touch | Les séries animées
Youth | ALT
There is a visionary, mytho-poetic strain in African cinema that dovetails beautifully with the possibilities in feature animation, all of which makes this WWI coming-of-age story something quite special.
Twelve-year-old Adama disobeys his father and follows his older brother’s path away from their West African village towards the great unknown.
The year is 1914 and, at each stage of the journey, Adama’s young eyes are opened to new worlds and fresh dangers. Taken under the wing of a griot (even if he doesn’t quite know it), the child hops a troop ship to France. There, all is carnage, but Adama clings to the hope that his brother may be found and brought safely home.
Directing (and co-writing) his first feature film, Simon Rouby conjures a valid and intriguing new perspective on the "Great War," viewed through the eyes of a child far from home, caught up in a world that makes precious little sense. Rouby charts a sure path between delivering an adventure story accessible to teens and pre-teens and grounding his tale in the harsh realities of global conflict. In this, the poetic and evocative Adama easily withstands comparison with the decade’s other notable cinematic testament to World War I, War Horse.
Free all-ages screening presented by Spark CG Society and VIFF Vancity Theatre in collaboration with Institut Français and the Consulate General of France in Vancouver. In French with English subtitles.
"Splendidly original and enthralling." Cartoon Brew
*Tickets are free, but booking ahead is recommended. Seats are not guaranteed and will be allotted to ticket-holders on a first-come, first-served basis.