Calamity, otroštvo Marthe Jane Cannary / Calamity, une enfance de Martha Jane Cannary / Calamity, A Childhood of Martha Jane Cannary (9+)

Calamity, otroštvo Marthe Jane Cannary / Calamity, une enfance de Martha Jane Cannary / Calamity, A Childhood of Martha Jane Cannary (9+)

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Synopsis

France, Denmark, 2020, 82', In French with Slovenian and English subtitles

1863, United States of America.
12-year-old Martha Jane and her family are headed West in a large covered wagon train in search of a better life. After Martha Jane’s father is hurt in a serious accident, she takes charge of her siblings and learns to drive the family wagon. She has never felt so free. Utterly practical and bold, Martha Jane dresses as a boy and becomes increasingly troublesome for the community due to her outspoken braveness. When the leader of the convoy wrongly accuses her of theft, she runs away to find proof of her innocence...
In the Wild, she discovers herself and a world which shapes her and confirms her unique personality, revealing the mythical and slightly mysterious Calamity Jane.

Directed by: Rémi Chayé
Written by: Fabrice de Costil, Rémi Chayé
Animation director: Liane-Cho Han
Art director: Céline Ronté
Music: Florencia Di Concilio
Sound Design: Régis Diebold, Mathieu Z'graggen
Editing: Benjamin Massoubre
Production Design: Patrice Suau
Voices: Salomé Boulven, Alexandra Lamy, Alexis Tomassian, Jochen Hägele
Producers: Henri Magalon, Claire La Combe
Production: Maybe Movies/2 Minutes/ France 3 Cinéma/Nørlum
Distribution: Indie Sales

The experience of making Long Way North with Rémi Chayé and his team was amazing, and we wanted to work together again. Soon after, Rémi told me about the true story of Martha Jane Cannary who later became Calamity Jane. It fascinated him as he often looks instinctively towards strong female characters. After a lot of reading, of biographies and other texts, the three scriptwriters realised that she had quite literally invented her own legend while she was still alive: she was always on the go, she had lots of incredible experiences in different places, she lived almost entirely on earnings from her shows where she was paid to talk about her adventures, of which almost 75% were clearly romanticised.
- Henri Magalon

Calamity is a film for all audiences, a western with all its wide, open spaces and the story of a girl in a man’s world. As her father is pretty much bedridden as a result of a wagon accident, she ends up having to take things in hand: the horses, the family… And then, when she’s told to go back to her role as a girl again, she refuses, because she wants the same freedom as the boys, but as a girl. It’s a universal theme which everyone will like, including parents, given the slightly more modern and societal dimension it brings.
- Henri Magalon

Awards and festivals (selection):
- Crystal Award for Best Feature Film, Annecy International Animation Film Festival 2020
- Jury Prize, COCOMICS Music Prize, BIAF, South Korea, 2020
- Nominee for European Animated Feature Film, European Film Awards 2020
- Best Children Movie, CINEKID, The Netherlands, 2020
- Official competition, Alice nella Citta, Italy, 2020

Film info

Directed by: Rémi Chayé
Production: Maybe Movies, 2 Minutes, France 3 Cinéma, Nørlum
Festival programme: Animated Feature Films
Year: 2020
Length: 82'
Country: France, Denmark

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