Presented in collaboration with Alliance Française de Jersey
Florence Miailhe / France / 2021 / 80 mins
This superbly animated feature film follows the dramatic journey of siblings Kyona and her brother Adriel, forced to flee when their small village, in an unspecified East European country, is attacked. Separated from their parents they face the road to exile alone.
Kyona and Adriel embark on a heroic journey which takes them from childhood to adolescence in search of shelter, peace and the hope of finding refuge and their family. Crossing a continent torn apart by war and migrant persecution, these courageous siblings survive incredible challenges before reaching a new world, free at last.
“This film owes its existence to my longing to tell the story of my own family, my grandparents having come to France with their children in the early 1990s. Their fate enabled me and my scriptwriter Marie Desplechin to voice the subject of immigration, which is again becoming the focus of world attention” – Florence Mialhe
“Wonderfully staged with its shifting colour palette and a multitude of subtle ideas gracefully put into images. Not to be missed” – Fabien Lemercier, Cineuropa
SACD Prize, Semaine de la Critique, Cannes Film Festival 2021
Grand Prix, Audience Prize, Diversity Award, Bucheon Animation Festival South Korea 2021
Nominated for Best Animated Film, Cesar Awards 2022
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