Illustration photo – Presentation of the César film awards at the Olympia concert hall in Paris on March 12, 2021.
Paris – Czech director Michaela Pavlátová's co-produced film Moje slunce Mad received the prestigious César award of the French film academy for the best animated feature film. The organizers announced this at today's awards ceremony in Paris.
The film, which was a Czech-French-Slovak co-production, beat in its category, for example, the film Mikulášovy patálie: How it all began by directors Amandine Fredonová and Benjamin Massoubre, who works with popular motifs by cartoonist Jean-Jacques Sempé. The film The Mouse and the Bear on the Road by Jean-Christophe Roger and Julien Chheng was also in the running for the prize.
In France, Pavlátové's film won the favor of audiences and critics, and had already received the Jury Prize at the Annecy Animated Film Festival.< /p>
The film tells the story of Helena, who begins a new life stage in Kabul alongside her husband Nazir, whom she met at the university in Prague. Under the name Herra, he adjusts to the new lifestyle of Nazir's large Afghan family. However, not everyone in this family has as big a heart as Nazir and as much sense of humor as the progressive grandfather. A sensitive boy named Mad enters her life, and with his help, Herra begins to look for a home in a foreign country. The film was based on the novella Frišta by journalist Petra Procházková.
Director Pavlátová was captivated by the book not only thanks to the ironic comments of a European woman who found herself in the intimacy of a Muslim family, where one would not normally look. Despite the many differences, she found a number of familiar things. She chose animation on purpose, because it is still possible to tell a multi-layered story, which is not a unique process in the world. Co-producers from France also took part in the animation, it was animated in the Alkay studio in Prague and on the island of Réunion. In the international version, the main male role is played by the voice of an Afghan actor named Haji gul Asir, in the Czech language he was portrayed by Hynek Čermák.