Wednesday November 3 – Truffaut Theatre – 7:55 pm
(Screening ends at 9:35 pm)

Followed by a discussion with writer/director Patrick Imbert and composer Amine Bouhafa

Presented in Association with:

Wild Bunch,
France Televisions

Special Screening COLCOA Awards | France | 2021 | Animation | 90 min |
In French with English subtitles

Directed by: Patrick Imbert
Written by: Jean-Charles Ostorero, Patrick Imbert, Magali Pouzol
Based on a Manga by: Baku Yumemakura, Jirô Taniguchi
Produced by: Jean-Charles Ostorero (Julianne Films), Didier Brunner, Damien Brunner (Folivari), Stéphane Roelants (Mélusine Productions)
Film Editing: Benjamin Massoubre, Camillelvis Théry
Original Score: Amine Bouhafa
Cast (Voices): Lazare Herson-Macarel, Eric Herson-Macarel, François Dunoyer, Philippe Vincent, Luc Bernard, Marc Arnaud, Jerome Keen
International Sales: Wild Bunch International
U.S. Distributor: Netflix
U.S release date: November 24, 2021

Were George Mallory and Andrew Irvine the first men to scale Mount Everest in 1924? That innocent question, challenging recorded mountaineering history, launches a young Japanese photo-journalist on his own philosophical path of discovery in Patrick Imbert’s elegantly animated adaptation of Jiro Taniguchi’s and Baku Yumemakura’s manga masterpiece. Meticulous graphics and pitch-perfect sound design convey both the thrill of the quest and the film’s heightened sense of impending danger at each vertiginous step. The Summit of the Gods is ultimately a suspenseful, profound discourse on Man’s unfathomable need to surpass nature and the catharsis inherent in climbing walls of stone and ice.

Co-writer/director Patrick Imbert is an accomplished animator with numerous short, TV series and feature film credits to his name, including Pascal Morelli’s Corto Maltese: Secret Court of the Arcanes (2002); Antonio Navarro’s The Three Wise Men (2003); Stéphane Aubirer’s, Vincent Patar’s & Benjamin Renner’s Oscar-nominated Ernest & Celestine (2012); and Christian Desmares’ & Franck Ekinci’s April and the Extraordinary World (2015). In 2017, he directed his first feature with Benjamin Renner, The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales, which garnered numerous awards, including a César Award for Best Animated Film. The Summit of the Gods was an Official Selection at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

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