Director: “Aurel” (Aurélien Froment)
Cast: (voice of) Sergi López, Emmanuel Vottero, Silvia Pérez Cruz
Duration: 71 min
Language: Catalan, Spanish, French, English
EDINBURGH, Institut Francais d’Ecosse – THURS 29 JULY 14:00 and 18:45 – Tickets Here
GLASGOW, Glasgow Film Theatre – FRI 6 AUGUST 18:30 – Tickets Here
César Award for Best Animated Film, JOSEP is a moving image portrait of Josep Bartolí, the Catalan
artist who fought in the Spanish Civil War and fled to Mexico after escaping from a concentration camp.
A soldier against Franco, a lover of Frida Kahlo and victim of the Hollywood blacklist. February 1939. Spanish republicans are fleeing Franco’s dictatorship to France. The French government has built a concentration camp, confining the refugees, where they barely have access to hygiene, water and food. In this unlikely context two men will become friends. One is a guard, the other is Josep Bartolí, a Catalan illustrator who fights against Franco’s regime.
Josep evokes with conviction and poetry a story forgotten by History, that of the Retirada, the exodus to France of refugees from the Spanish Civil War in 1939. (Cannes Film Festival)
César Award for Best Animated Film, Best European Animated Feature – European Film Awards , Annecy 2020, Cannes 2020