Thirty-two animated feature films have been submitted for consideration in the Animated Feature Film category for the 92nd Academy Awards.
NAME OF FILM: FUNAN
DIRECTOR(S): Denis Do
STARRING: Bérénice Bejo, Louis Garrel, Colette Kieffer
GENRE: Animation Film
SYNOPSIS: Inspired by the life of his mother, Funan by Denis Do is a beautiful story of resilience in the face of unspeakable hardship. Set in 1975, under Cambodia’s brutal Khmer Rouge regime, Chou, a young Cambodian mother, searches for her 4-year-old son who was taken away from her. Facing the same fate as millions of ordinary Cambodians, Chou and her family live through years of separation, starvation, and forced labor. Despite her circumstances, Chou finds the strength to survive and remains determined to find her son thus reuniting her family. Chou’s harrowing path is set among the sweeping beauty of Cambodia’s countryside, lending a powerful backdrop to this wrenching ordeal.
The French Institute Alliance Française announced the 2019 Animation First festival, showcasing the vast history, enduring ingenuity, and diversity of French animation.