Cannes 2021: Ari Folman Revives Anne Frank’s Story In His New Animated Film

Going beyond the narrative of the original book, filmmaker Ari Folman presents Anne Frank’s imaginary friend Kitty as her guiding force. And this effort was applauded when the film premiered at Cannes recently.

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July 14, 2021

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Cannes has been a treasure trove of remarkable indie films. Each year, the French festival introduces an array of noteworthy films while celebrating the spirit of independent filmmakers. And Israeli director Ari Folman became the new favourite of Cannes 2021 with his cinematic rendition of Anne Frank’s story. The animated film ‘Where Is Anne Frank’ revives the iconic character and story on the big screens. And this time it highlights the present scenario for a newer generation.

Going beyond the narrative of the diary, Folman presents Anne Frank’s imaginary friend Kitty as her guiding force. And this effort was applauded when the film premiered at Cannes recently. Taking a new perspective, the film aims to reconnect the newer generation with one of the most important stories of the World War Two Holocaust. For those unversed, Frank’s diary was written by the teenager when she hid with her family during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands.

For this ambitious project, Folman invested eight years. And it surely has turned out to be one of the biggest highlights of the film fest. The filmmaker said in an interview that he had to “reinvent” the story to make it more relevant to the present audience. Reportedly, the film also sheds light on current affairs in the most subtle and promising way.

Well, ‘Where Is Anne Frank’ also marks Folman’s first project to be primarily made for children. Earlier, the filmmaker had left his mark with the film ‘Waltz With Bashir’. And the film is still known as one of the most successful adult animated films of all time. After which, Folman had vowed to not enter into such complex subjects.

However, when he got the chance to revive Anne Frank’s story, he could not resist. And that’s how the journey of his other iconic outing began.

Meanwhile, stay tuned to ZEE5 for more updates.

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