(Illustration: Folivari / 02B Films / Doghouse Films / Kaïbou Production Pachamama Inc / Blue Spirit Studio / Haut et Court Distribution)
Luxembourg co-production “Pachamama” is in the running for a “best animated film” César award on 22 February.
The César Awards, now in its 44th edition, is similar to the Oscars in the US and takes place in Paris.
“Pachamama” was co-produced by Differdange-based Doghouse Films, along with Folivari, O2B Films (France) and Kaïbou Production (Canada).
The full-length animation takes place in a fictional 16th century and follows a young boy, Tepulpai, and his friend, Naïra, through the Peruvian Andes.
One day the village is celebrating the earth mother, Pachamama, when a procession of Incas arrive to collect tax. When the collector doesn’t get what he wants, it is decided the small village will be taken to offer it to the grand Inca. But Tepulpai performs an act of courage, sneaking off to look for an idol to save his community.
Directed by Juan Antin, “Pachamama” was produced in collaboration with Didier Brunner, a Bafta-winner also known for his work in animated films “Ernest and Celestine” (2012), as well as “The Triplets of Belleville” (2003). The film is distributed by Luxembourg's Tarantula.