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CANNES 2009 Critics’ Week

Round Da Way to screen on Croisette


Albert Pereira Lazaro and Emmanuel Klotz’s French/German animated feature Round Da Way [+see also:
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has joined the now-complete line-up (see news) for the 48th International Critics’ Week (SIC), to be held from May 14-22 as part of the 62nd Cannes Film Festival.

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Adapted from a television series broadcast over two seasons on Canal+ in 2000 and 2007, Round Da Way will have a special screening in Critics’ Week. The film includes voice-overs by Vincent Cassel, Diane Kruger, Gilles Lellouche, Omar Sy, Fred Testot and singer Diam’s.

Co-written by Eldiablo, Izm and Alexis Dolivet with the collaboration of François Desagnat and Thomas Sorriaux, the film is set in Condé-sur-Ginette, an imaginary town in the Paris suburbs. It’s summer and as every year, there are those who stay, those who go away and... those who should have gone away.

There are those who, like José Frelate, work illegally in the well-to-do neighbourhoods and lose their head over a pretty girl. Those who, like Tony Merguez, pass themselves off as a businessman and spend the summer fleeing from a gangster boss and psychopathic wife. And those who, like Sammy and Narbé, pretend to be away. For the film’s characters, the Caribbean is far away... But summer promises to be hot and eventful!

Featuring characters created by Laurent Nicolas, Round Da Way is a bitterly humorous animated film for adults that paints the portrait of a generation. Produced by Millimages for €7.5m, the feature received co-production support from France 2 Cinéma, Studio 37 and Germany’s Toon's and Tales (20% investment), as well as an advance on receipts from the National Film Centre (CNC) and pre-sales from Canal + and Ciné Cinéma.

Bac Films – who are also co-producing and selling the film internationally – will release the title in France on June 17.

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(Translated from French)

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