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Feature Film

“Another Day of Life” Will Not Be Your Typical Animated Feature

Polish CG/VFX studio Platige Image, producer of acclaimed shorts such as Paths of Hate, Fallen Art, and The Cathedral, is currently in production on its first feature, Another Day of Life. The film will challenge audience’s perceptions of what types of stories can be told through animation. It is based on the book of the same name by renegade Polish journalist Ryszard Kapuściński, who, according to another one of his books that I own, “befriended Che Guevara, Salvador Allende, and Patrice Lumumba; witnessed twenty-seven coups and revolutions; and was sentenced to death four times.”

The film, an animation/live-action hybrid, will recount Kapuściński’s life-altering experiences during the Angolan Civil War in 1975. The directors attached to the project are Spanish filmmaker Raul de la Fuente (Nömadak Tx) and Platige’s Damian Nenow (Paths of Hate). Nenow and the producers of the film will discuss the project next week at Annecy.

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  • Eman

    Visually reminds me of a refined Borderlands.

    • Jonah Sidhom

      Yeah, I definitely get that, too. Especially with the desert landscape.

  • Mapache

    Maybe I am too quick too judge over a story that can be something very personal and the author needed to tell, but I’m getting that -adult animation- vibe.

    You know, what I’m talking about, if the fact animators nowdays are tying to prove is that animation is not a genre but a medium that can tell any sort of different sotries; why are we focussing on the greety dark ones?

    I can’t think of three animated feature films aiming to an adult audience that doesn’t contain sex, violence or criticism over religion. It might be just me, but I’m sick already of the point movies like Waltz with Bashir and Barefoot Gen are trying to make.

    • Jonah Sidhom

      I’m not sure I understand what you mean. Barefoot Gen was a personal story that needed to be told, and the medium happened the be animation. Isn’t that a good thing? Encouraging filmmakers to embrace animation despite the content of the story? The graphic stuff included wasn’t made up for shock factor to seem more ‘adult,’ it was a very real part of the story.

    • matt

      Animation IS a medium not a genre. Look up Brad Bird’s thoughts on this!

    • GW

      I know what you mean. Adult animation viewed as a whole tends to limit itself to certain thematic tendencies. Some exceptions that come to mind in animated features are some films from John Hubley and Paul Fierlinger. Of Stars and Men and Everybody Rides the Carousel are films that look at a broader picture. Paul Fierlinger’s Drawn from Memory is an autobiographical film that deals more with nostalgia and Soviet Czechoslovakian politics. My Dog Tulip, well that contains sex but it’s dog sex.

  • Daniel Brown

    makes me think of the Walking Dead style of graphics they employed.

  • John Lane

    Kapuscinski is one of the remaining writers on my ‘to read’ list. To my knowledge he published 3 substantial works that were beyond the reach of western journalists during the Cold War. This is surely heady stuff and I’m excited that such a talented studio is diving in to this sobering material. Salute!

  • Jonah Sidhom

    I love the style. The computer is showing through, but it doesn’t seem cold or lifeless.

  • Animated features about more intellectually mature topics have long been part of the independent filmmaking crowd and are certainly not unheard of overseas. Really, it’s mainly mainstream Hollywood that can’t seem to realize that cartoons can be more than just kids stuff or Family Guy type humor.

  • Roberto Severino

    Really interesting stuff! There are lots of unexplored territory plot and storytelling wise in animation that should be experimented with. I don’t understand the objection to something like this.

  • Sarah Q

    well if you start your article with “Will Not Be Your Typical Animated Feature” you haven’t been looking at a lot of independent animation. If you go through the NFB film available online you would see it’s been done for A LONG TIME.

    • AmidAmidi

      Really? What animated features has the NFB done?

  • J.j. Halliwell

    I want to know when this will be released!

  • Mike

    The thing that bothers me about this style is that the cross hatching is treated like a texture and not as a way of explaining light and shadow.

    If they were to figure out a way to communicated light and shadow with the cross hatching instead of lighting it the normal cg way with random cross hatched marks interspersed, that would be interesting instead of looking like a gimick.

  • pEE

    In my opinion: not at all. I read bout a guy preparing graphics to “Waltz with Bashir”. He decided to draw with his left cause he thought that they are too “pretty” when done with his right hand. This is the problem. I feel that in this case the creators of the movie want to make the spectator make ooooh and aaaah bout the graphics which is automatically harmful for the emotional part of the movie. “Waltz”, with all it’s simple human compassion, managed to keep the emotional equilibrium. The Kapuściński movie, I’m afraid, will not.