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Florida Premiere

Josep

Directed by Aurel

Spain-France-Belgium | 71 minutes | 2020

Spanish, Catalan, English, French with English subtitles

Internationally acclaimed French cartoonist Aurel directs this hand-drawn animated feature about Spanish artist Josep Bartolí with expressive tableaus teeming with visual poetry. This is the unknown story of a brilliant illustrator who survived the Spanish Civil War only to be interned in a French concentration camp that was run by the Nazi-backed Vichy regime, where he was beaten, tortured, and starved for several years until he escaped. Eventually, he made it to Mexico where he became the lover of Frida Kahlo, after which he moved to New York and became friends with painters like Rothko and De Kooning. The film takes a pensive look at a forgotten chapter of European history and at the same time is a fascinating homage to the power of drawing to witness the world, as well as serve as a tool for resistance. The film’s unique animation is backed by the voice of Spanish singer Silvia Pérez Cruz, whose traditional canciones evoke a period filled with flashes of joy and much sadness. Josep was an official selection of the 2020 Cannes Film Festival.

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Aurel has been working as an editorial cartoonist since 2003. He was first published in newspapers in Montpellier, and began quickly to work for National newspapers. His cartoons are regularly published in Le Monde and in the weekly newspaper Politis. Josep is Aurel’s feature film debut.
Director Aurel
Countries of Production Spain-France-Belgium
Year of Presentation 2020
Language(s) Spanish, Catalan, English, French with English subtitles
Premiere Status Florida Premiere
Runtime 71 minutes
Principal Cast Sergi López, Sílvia Pérez Cruz, Emmanuel Vottero, Xavier Serrano
Award(s)

Best Animated Film at European Film Awards

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