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JOSEP

Aurel
France, Spain, Belgium 2020 75min DCP color Animation 12 Korean Premiere
Schedule
Code Date Time Theater Info Ticket
000 2021. 05. 08 19:00 CGV Jeonjugosa 1
HKE12
1031 2021. 05. 08 19:30 Jeonju Cine Complex
HKE12
1032 2021. 05. 08 19:30 CGV Jeonjugosa 2
HKE12
Overview

In February 1939. Spanish republicans are fleeing Franco’s dictatorship to France. The French government built concentration camps, confining the refugees, where they barely have access to hygiene, water, and food. In one of these camps, separated by barbed wire, two men become friends. One is a French guard, the other is Josep Bartoli (1910-1995), an illustrator who fights against Franco’s regime.

Review

In 1939, in the midst of the Spanish Civil War, half a million Spanish republicans escaped from Franco’s dictatorship and fled to France. They stayed in a concentration camp near the border. Among them was Josep Bartolí, who endured life in the shabby concentration camp filled with violence. He then went to Mexico when World War II broke out. Josep, who was also Frida Kahlo’s lover, later moved to the United States and worked as a renowned illustrator, interacting with artists like Mark Rothko and Jackson Pollock, until he died at the age of 85 in 1995.
The director of the film, Aurel, used to work as a cartoonist for the French newspaper Le Monde. One day, Aurel saw and was moved by the works of Josep Bartolí and decided to transfer what he felt into an animation. So he depicted the turbulent life of Josep in his debut film. Of course, when Aurel describes Josep’s life in the concentration camp that hadn’t been documented thoroughly, to increase the dramatic effect, he had to depict Josep through Serge’s mouth, the French gendarme who is known to befriend him. He also had to create a fictional character, such as grandson Martin, who learns about the barbaric period. The rough quality of the drawings might feel unfamiliar to those who are used to refined animation. Still, the roughness is intended by the director, who seems to inherit Josep’s illustrative style. The film that took ten years of making will touch the audience with a sense of an epic film. Also, the scenes drawn with hearts throughout the film are the charm of the film. (CHUN Jinsu)

CREDIT
  • ScreenplayJean-Louis MILESI
  • ProducerSerge LALOU, Jordi B. OLIVA
  • EditorThomas BELAIR
CastSergi LÓPEZ, Valérie LEMERCIER, David MARSAIS, Gérard HERNANDEZ, Bruno SOLO, Sílvia PÉREZ, François MOREL, Alain CAUCHI, Thomas VANDENBERGHE, Sophia ARAM
FILM SOURCE
THE PARTY FILM SALES / assistant2@thepartysales.com
DIRECTOR
Aurel
Born in 1980, Aurel is a French illustrator. He is working as a press illustrator for the national daily Le Monde and the satirical weekly Le Canard Enchaîné. As a cartoonist, Aurel has published around twenty books, including two non-fiction comics Clandestino and La Menuiserie. In 2011, he co-directed with Florence Corre his first animated short film, Octobre Noir (2011). Josep is his first feature film.
Sponsor
Jeonju Office

(54999) 2F, JEONJU Cine Complex, 22, Jeonjugaeksa 3-gil, Wansan-gu, Jeonju-si, Jeollabuk-do, Republic of Korea T. +82 (0)63 288 5433 F. +82 (0)63 288 5411

Seoul Office

(04031) 4F, 16, Yanghwa-ro 15-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea T. +82 (0)2 2285 0562 F. +82 (0)2 2285 0560

JEONJU Cine Complex

(54999) JEONJU Cine Complex, 22, Jeonjugaeksa 3-gil, Wansan-gu, Jeonju-si, Jeollabuk-do, Republic of Korea T. +82 (0)63 231 3377

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