INTERVIEW – The director, who took fifteen years to make this film with the animation technique of painting on glass, tells the story of two children fleeing the war.
This year at the Annecy Animation Film Festival, Crossing, by Florence Miailhe, obtained the special mention of the jury. The one who will never let go for fifteen years to achieve it has not slept all night at the prospect of being interviewed.
As soon as she speaks, however, enthusiasm and passion wins out. The idea of creating an animated fable about migration using glass plate paint had chilled most producers. Yet the result is there.
LE FIGARO. – Where did you want to make a film such as Crossing?
Florence MIAILHE. – I believe that the idea was born about fifteen years ago, when my husband, Patrick Zachmann, photographer at the Magnum agency, came back with moving pictures on the migrations in the islands of Lampedusa or in Malta. … I then called the novelist Marie Desplechin with whom I have worked since my beginnings in animation. And I offered to work on a script.
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