Most Precious of Cargoes: Animated Holocaust Tale Opens Annecy Film Festival

Animated Holocaust Tale ‘The Most Precious of Cargoes’ to Open Annecy Film Festival

Alongside the competition lineup, big studio productions, including ‘Despicable Me 4,’ ‘Garfield’ and ‘Transformers One’ will unspool at the French animation festival in June.


The Most Precious of Cargoes, first animated feature from Oscar-winning French director Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist), opens this year’s Annecy International Animation Film Festival.

The feature is a 2D animated adaptation of the best-selling book by French author Jean-Claude Grumberg. Set during World War II, it tells the story of a French Jewish family deported to Auschwitz. On the train to the death camp, in a desperate gesture, the father throws one of his baby twins out into the snow, where he’s discovered by a childless Polish couple living deep in the forest.

Annecy festival president Dominique Puthod, CEO Mickaël Marin, and artistic director Marcel Jean unveiled the full 2024 lineup at a press conference on Thursday. (See the full lineup below).

Among the features going up against The Most Precious of Cargoes in official competition this year are Ghost Cat Anzu from Japanese directors Yoko Kuno and Nobuhiro Yamashita, Sauvages ! from My Life as a Zucchini director Claude Barras, and Adam Elliot’s Memoir of a Snail.

Highlights of Anncey’s Contrechamp (reverse-shot) sidebar are David Baute’s Black Butterflies from Spain, Brazilian animated feature Our Crazy Love from director Nelson Botter Jr., and the Pakistani film The Glassworker by director Usman Riaz.

Alongside the competition titles, some of the animated blockbusters that will bow out of competition at Annecy this year include Paramount’s Transformers One, Sony’s The Garfield Movie, and Despicable Me 4, the latest in the hit franchise from Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment. Every single one of the Despicable Me and Minion films has screened at the French festival.

Annecy audiences will also get sneak peeks at such hotly anticipated features as DreamWorks Animation’s The Wild Robot, Pixar’s Inside Out 2, and Netflix animations, including the new Wallace & Gromit feature and Zack Snyder’s Twilight of the Gods.

This year Annecy will honor Terry Gilliam with an Honorary Cristal award for his achievement in animation.

“Despite not having done much in animation — the opening credits for Monty Python, a few short films — Terry is hugely influential among animators,” said Jean, “his cut-paper technique and his spirit was very influential. Animators love [Gilliam’s 1988 comedy] The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, they love Brazil (1985).”

Wes Anderson will attend the festival as a special guest and present a masterclass. The director won Annecy’s feature film Cristal and Audience awards in 2010 for his stop-motion film Fantastic Mr. Fox and took the jury award in 2022 for the “Aline” music video from The French Dispatch.

The 2024 Annecy Film Festival runs June 9-15. The Mifa animation film market runs alongside the festival June 11-14. Check out the full 2024 Annecy lineup below.

Ghost Cat Anzu by Yoko Kuno, Nobuhiro Yamashita
Produced by: Shin-Ei Animation Co., Ltd, Miyu Productions / Japan, France Into the Wonderwoods (Dans la forêt sombre et mystérieuse) by Vincent Paronnaud (Winshluss), Alexis Ducord
Produced by: Je Suis Bien Content, Gao Shan Pictures, ZEILT productions, Amopix, EV.L Prod, France 3 Cinéma / France, Luxembourg Flow by Gints Zilbalodis
Produced by: Dream Well Studio, Take Five, Sacrebleu Productions / Latvia, Belgium, France
The Colors Within (KIMINOIRO) by Naoko Yamada
Produced by: STORY inc., Science SARU Inc. / Japan
Totto-Chan: The Little Girl at the Window (Madogiwa no Totto-chan) by Shinnosuke Yakuwa
Produced by: Shin-Ei Animation Co., Ltd / Japan
Memoir of a Snail by Adam Elliot
Produced by: Arenamedia / Australia
Rock Bottom by María Trénor
Produced by: Alba Sotorra, Jaibo Films, GS Animation / Spain, Poland
Sauvages ! by Claude Barras
Produced by: Nadasdy Film, Haut et Court, Panique ! / Switzerland
A Boat in the Garden (Slocum et moi) by Jean-François Laguionie
Produced by: JPL Films, Melusine Productions/Studio 352 / France
The Imaginary by Yoshiyuki Momose
Produced by: Studio Ponoc Inc. / Japan
The Storm by Zhigang (Busifan) Yang
Produced by: CMC Pictures / China
The Most Precious of Cargoes by Michel Hazanavicius
Production: Ex Nihilo, Les Compagnons du Cinéma, Les Films du Fleuve, StudioCanal / Belgium, France


Sultana’s Dream (El sueño de la sultana) by Isabel Herguera
Produced by: Abano Producións S.L., Fabian&Fred GmbH / Spain
Gill by Jae-huun Ahn
Produced by: Studio Meditation With a Pencil / South Korea
The Missing (Iti Mapukpukaw) by Carl Joseph Papa
Produced by: Project 8 Projects / Philippines
Living Large by Kristina Dufkova
Produced by: Barletta Productions / Czech Republic
Black Butterflies (Mariposas negras) by David Baute
Produced by: Ikiru Films, S.L., Tinglado Film, Anangu Grup, Tunche Films / Spain, Panama
Our Crazy Love by Nelson Botter Jr.
Produced by: Tortuga Studios / Brazil
Pelikan Blue by László Csáki
Produced by: Umbrella Collective / Hungary
Journey of Shadows (Reise der Schatten) by Yves Netzhammer
Produced by: Freihändel Filmproduktion GmbH, Liechti Filmproduktion GmbH / Switzerland
Sunburnt Unicorn by Nick Johnson
Produced by: 2448223 Alberta Ltd., New Machine Studios Inc., Squid Brain Studios Inc. / Canada
The Birth of Kitaro: The Mystery of Gegege by Gō Koga
Produced by: Toei Animation Co., Ltd / Japan
The Glassworker by Usman Riaz
Produced by: Mano Animation Studios / Pakistan

Annecy Presents

Buffalo Kids by Juan Galocha (Galo), Pedro Solís
Produced by: 4 CATS Pictures / Spain
Detective Conan: The Million-Dollar Pentagram (Meitantei Conan : 100-man Dollar no Michishirube) by Nagaoka Chika
Produced by: TMS Entertainment Europe / Japan
Diplodocus (Diplodok) by Wojtek Wawszczyk
Produced by: / Poland
Extinction by Behnoud Nekooei
Produced by: Magic Picture Films / Malaysia Fox and Hare Save the Forest by Mascha Halberstad
Produced by: Submarine Animation B.V. / Netherlands, Luxembourg, Belgium Give It All (Ganbatte Ikimasshoi) by Yuhei Sakuragi
Produced by: MOE/REIRS / Japan The Garfield Movie by Mark Dindal
Produced by: DNEG Animation, Alcon Entertainment / USA Christmas Tales of Christmas Magic (Le Grand Noël des animaux) by Camille Alméras, Caroline Attia Larivière, Ceylan Beyoglu, Haruna Kishi, Natalia Chernysheva, Olesya Shchukina
Produced by: Les Valseurs / France, Germany Out of the Nest by Arturo Hernandez
Produced by: T&B Media Global Thailand co., Ltd. / Thailand, China Sand Land by Toshihisa Yokoshima
Produced by: Bandai Namco Filmworks / Japan The Sloth Lane by Tania Vincent, Ricard Cussó
Produced by: Like a Photon Creative / Australia The Worlds Divide by Denver Jackson
Produced by: Cloudrise Pictures / Canada

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