Just one day after announcing it has picked up North American rights for the Chinese feature White Snake, GKIDS has added yet another Annecy title to its crowded slate of upcoming animated films. The American distributor has now acquired Marona’s Fantastic Tale, the new film from Romanian director Anca Damian.
Damian co-wrote the 2.7 million EUR film with her son, Anghel Damian. The synopsis:
Marona is a mixed-breed Labrador whose life leaves deep traces among the humans she encounters. After an accident, she reflects on all the homes and different experiences she’s had. As Marona’s memory journeys into the past, her unfailing empathy and love brings lightness and innocence into each of her owners’ lives, in this beautiful and deeply emotional story of an average dog and her extraordinary life.
One of Damian’s previous animated features, Crulic: The Path to Beyond, won Annecy’s Cristal Prize for Best Feature in 2012. Marona’s Fantastic Tale premieres in competition at this year’s festival today. The Romanian/French/Belgian co-pro was produced by Aparte Films, Sacrebleu Productions, and Minds Meet.